Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday that a New York Times story reporting that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested secretly recording President Trump in the White House should not be used as “pretext” to justify firing Rosenstein.
This isn’t the first time Schumer has gone to bat to save Rosenstein’s job. Back in May, Schumer said that firing the Attorney General “would spark a “constitutional crisis” given the Justice Department official’s role overseeing the special counsel probe.
“For the sake of our country, we plead with you. Don’t put this country through a constitutional crisis. … The rule of law is paramount in this country. No man, not even the president, is above it,” he added.
Now, Rosenstein is back in the hot seat, this time with more supporters demanding his job. The New York Times ran an article claiming that the Attorney General offered for the Justice Department. The allegations stem back to former FBI director, James Comey’s, firing and allege that Rosenstein offered to wear a wire in the oval office.
According to The Hill, the bombshell story sparked a political firestorm Friday afternoon, prompting an immediate denial from the Justice Department and sparking calls from conservative circles for Trump to fire his No. 2 law enforcement official.
The Times, citing people familiar with the matter, reported on Friday that Rosenstein made comments to other Justice Department officials in meetings in spring 2017 about secretly recording Trump after the president fired FBI Director James Comey that May.
The allegations are said to be laid out in contemporaneous memos written by then-acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, who was fired by the Justice Department earlier this year amid an internal leak probe.
Rosenstein is fiercely denying the Times’s account, and reports from other outlets on Friday have offered conflicting pictures of the events, with many characterizing Rosenstein’s comment about a wire on the president as sarcastic.
Because that’s believable? He might as well join Strzok’s and say ‘it was a joke’ among colleagues. With all these stories coming out about recordings, leaks, lies, and wires firing seems like a viable option for Trump. If this were any office, it would be reasonable to say that the President should be within his rights to just ‘clean house’.