Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein proposed recording President Donald Trump and recruiting cabinet members to remove Trump from office by using the 25th Amendment, The New York Times reports.
These revelations come from several anonymous sources who talked to The Times. According to these sources, after the firing of former FBI director James Comey, Rosenstein spoke with FBI and senior Justice Department officials to explain his role in the process.
During the meeting, Rosenstein suggested to officials that he could wear a recording device or have the officials themselves wear a wire to tape the president, according to paper.
Rosenstein’s alleged attempt to remove Trump by using the 25th Amendment would be successful if the vice president and a majority of cabinet officials found the president unfit for office.
This is the first named individual in Trump’s senior administration who has suggested using the 25th Amendment, according to the report, others have considered invoking the amendment but are unidentified.
In a statement to the newspaper, Rosenstein has denied report of events:
“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” he said in a statement. “I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda. But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”