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5 questions after reading the Rod Rosenstein bombshell report

24 September 2018

Is there any talk of invoking the 25th Amendment?

Firing Rosenstein would shack up the Midterms, but stillTrump's ally Eric Bolling said Rosenstein should be fired.

"Just look at what is now being exposed in the Department of Justice and the FBI", Trump told the Missouri crowd. "We have great people in the Department of Justice. but we have some real bad ones", Trump said. "But there's a lingering stench, and we're gonna get rid of that, too".

"Rod Rosenstein must be fired today", tweeted Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham.

McCabe was sacked this year, and a grand jury is weighing possible charges against him for allegedly misleading investigators in a leak probe.

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. Michael R. Bromwich, a lawyer for McCabe, told the Times his client "has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos".

Rosenstein responded to the story in a statement: "The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect". He also allegedly tried to gather support in the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to remove the President for being unfit to perform his duties.

Donald Trump faced a new challenge to his authority Friday after U.S. media reported that his Deputy Attorney-General had discussed ways to force him from office on grounds of incompetence, just months into his presidency. "BEWARE of anything coming out of the @nytimes", he wrote with a link to the Times' story on Rosenstein. The Department of Justice has already handed over about 880,000 documents to Congress, but conservatives are seeking more, alleging the Justice Department is hiding information.

According to a report from the Daily Beast, aides were waiting to see how "volcanic" Trump's reaction would be.

Comey's firing also alarmed Justice Department officials, but they had an additional concern. Democrats are furious, as the Times reported, because he penned the memorandum that Trump used to explain firing then-FBI Director James Comey, who bungled the probe into Hillary Clinton's breach of national security.

The White House, as of Friday evening, had not commented specifically on the story.

Or did Rosenstein actually suggest a 25th Amendment overthrow? The Washington Post also reported the discussions, citing memos written by Mr McCabe.

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The newspaper also said that someone who was present at the meeting denied the 25th amendment had ever come up.

"He's got an ax to grind", Watters said of McCabe.

It was hard amid the conflicting accounts to discern the precise context of Rosenstein's comments and how they were intended.

"But let me be clear about this", Rosenstein's statement continued.

That person insisted the statement was not meant seriously.

The Times story contained a suggestion Rosenstein had been speaking sarcastically when he suggested wearing a wire. "Nobody was angry or acting out" in the meeting, but "it was just sort of intense".

A spokeswoman for Page declined to comment. So while people "briefed either on the events themselves or on memos" agree on the content, the person who apparently heard it being said captured a deeper level of context.

McCabe was questioned by internal FBI investigators in 2017 about whether he had authorized anyone in October 2016 to talk to one of the reporters in this story.

11 May 2017 - Mr Rosenstein denies that he threatened to quit after being described as a key influence in Mr Comey's firing.

The May 2017 meeting was one of two attended by Rosenstein and McCabe, sources said. "No one could find fault in that decision now".

Officials revealed that the leaked created a cloud of uncertainty in the White House.

5 questions after reading the Rod Rosenstein bombshell report