Rosenstein suggested secretly recording Trump and having him thrown out of office

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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 might have obtained them, Bromwich said.

Rosenstein said Friday that "there is no basis" for members of the Cabinet to use the Constitution's 25th Amendment to remove President Donald Trump from office.

The New York Times may not be so fake anymore.

For now, according to one Republican in close contact with the White House, the president can accept Rosenstein's version of events - that the deputy attorney general never contemplated invoking the 25th Amendment and that any reference he made to recording the president was made only in jest.

He also suggested that McCabe could also perhaps record Trump, the newspaper said. "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. He has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos".

"I don't know who she is with but she is not with the state of Missouri", Trump said.

Trump's comments at a stump stop in Springfield for GOP Senate candidate Josh Hawley came in the wake of a New York Times article Friday citing unnamed sources that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested previous year that he secretly record Trump.

The New York Times reported that Mr Rosenstein had discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment of the U.S. constitution, which provides for the removal of a president if he is deemed unfit for office.

None of Rosenstein's suggestions were implemented, as far as the sources speaking to the Times are aware.

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The report says Rosenstein was prompted to these ideas in the days after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

Rosenstein was under tremendous pressure from Congress to show that both he and the entire Justice Department had not caved to political pressure from the White House.

Trump's son Donald Trump Jr held up the reports as evidence of disloyalty among the president's entourage.

He voiced fears the sacking of Mr Rosenstein could come "in order to install an official who will allow the president to interfere" with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into links between Russian Federation and the Trump election campaign.

One person present during Rosenstein's remarks said the second-ranking official was being sarcastic.

"The headlines came out that Rod Rosenstein talked about actually wearing a wire and going into the Oval Office and secretly record this president", Meadows said. The White House initially held up that memo as justification for Comey's firing, though Trump himself has said he was thinking about "this Russian Federation thing" when he made the move. "He doesn't trust McCabe and thinks McCabe is maybe playing a game with memos - maybe because of his book deal, maybe trying to take down [Trump]". Trump tweeted in June 2017. Same with lying James Comey.

Trump has also painted McCabe as a serial liar.

Later he alluded to his quarrels with personnel at the Justice Department, telling a packed rally for Republican US Senate candidate Josh Hawley, "Just look at what is being exposed in our Justice Department". But the reports add fuel to Trump's longstanding claims that his law enforcement agencies are biased against him and determined to undermine his presidency.

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