Rod Rosenstein denies he proposed secretly recording Donald Trump

NYT Deputy attorney general plotted to oust Trump

NYT Deputy attorney general plotted to oust Trump

McCabe's memos, which were later turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller's office, had remained at the Federal Bureau of Investigation until McCabe was ousted in January and McCabe doesn't know how any reporters could've obtained those memos, Bromwich said.

Based on sources who spoke to or witnessed Rosenstein's behavior, the Times reports that Rosenstein was emotionally uneven during this period.

"The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", Rosenstein said in a statement to the newspaper.

The remarkable details of the memos - whether a wholly accurate reflection of all that transpired or not - could further imperil Rosenstein's delicate standing within the Trump administration. When he was interviewed by the Special Counsel more than a year ago, he gave all of his memos - classified and unclassified - to the Special Counsel's office.

'"A set of those memos remained at the F.B.I.at the time of his departure in late January 2018", the attorney noted.

In the ensuing days, the president and other members of his administration cited the memo to rationalize Comey's ouster, angering Rosenstein, who is said to have grown increasingly anxious his reputation was being sullied by the move.

A person who was in the room at the time, and provided a statement through the Justice Department, said Rosenstein's comment was "sarcastic" and that he "never discussed any intention of recording a conversation with the president".

There is a lot to chew over in the blockbuster New York Times story about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's erratic behavior in his first few weeks on the job, just after President Trump fired FBI Director Jim Comey on May 9, 2017.

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Observers immediately pointed out the sources are unnamed, and the Times admitted none of Rosenstein's proposals "apparently came to fruition". The White House also released a memo from Rosenstein criticizing Comey for how he ran the Clinton probe.

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The White House has not yet responded to the report.

Wallace said he views the statement from Rosenstein as "very weak", and written in a "lawyerly" fashion.

Trump has publicly lashed out at both Rosenstein and Sessions ever since, blaming them for fueling what he called a "witch hunt" bent on undermining his administration.

Rosenstein's position has appeared to be in peril since past year, as Trump has leveled frequent attacks on him over the Russian Federation probe.

Either of those moves would look like a blatant abuse of power. One of the career civil servants was Scott Schools, who would later go on to sign off on the firing of McCabe, the official said.

In a May, 16, 2017 meeting at a secure facility at the Justice Department - one week after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey - Rosenstein was arguing with Andrew McCabe, then the acting director of the FBI, about the president, according to a senior Justice Department official.

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