Arguing allegedly mental incapacity of the president, Rod J. Rosenstein, who oversees the investigation of the Russiagate, made the suggestion in 2017 after the dismissal of James Comey as director of the FBI.
Deputy Attorney General of the United States, Rod J. Rosenstein, number two of the Department of Justice and head of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections ( Russiagate ), proposed last year to secretly record President Donald Trump, and He said he sought the support of other members of the government to remove the president from the White House and invoke amendment 25 of the Constitution, which would allow him to be dismissed for his alleged mental incapacity, the New York Times reported yesterday , citing Department sources. of Justice and the FBI.
According to the newspaper, the information seems to reflect the confrontation between the Department of Justice and the White House, after two days ago, Trump complained to his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, saying: “I do not have a prosecutor general” that the “Russiagate” is really a “witch hunt”.
The New York Times reported that Rosenstein made the proposal on Trump in the spring of 2017, after the president fired Comey.
Sources consulted by the New York newspaper confirmed the deputy prosecutor’s words and added that “he also followed up by suggesting that FBI officials who were interviewing to occupy the position of the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation could also secretly record Trump.”
CHAOS. The newspaper said that the purpose of the deputy prosecutor was to demonstrate the chaos that exists in the White House after the dismissal of Comey. Sources interviewed by The New York Times assure that Rosenstein made the controversial comments in some meetings and conversations held with officials of the Department of Justice and the FBI.
Apparently, none of Roseinstein’s proposals was fulfilled.
It is unknown whether the deputy prosecutor actually tried to materialize his words, although he did comment to Andrew G. McCabe, then acting director of the FBI, that he could convince the attorney general and John F. Kelly, then secretary of Homeland Security and currently chief of staff. White House staff, to work to invoke the 25th Amendment.
NEGATIVE. In this regard, the deputy prosecutor himself was quick to respond to the information in the newspaper and issued a statement stating that: ” The New York Times article is imprecise and incorrect as to the facts. I am not going to comment more on information based on anonymous sources that are obviously politically motivated against the department and that want to impose their own agenda, “Rosenstein rejected in a brief issued by the Department of Justice.
Justice number two also said he does not believe Trump is incapacitated.
DIVERGENCES. “Let me be clear: based on my contacts with the president, there is no basis for invoking amendment 25,” Rosenstein said.
On September 5, The New York Times published an opinion column by an unnamed senior government official, who said there was a “resistance” group that had even considered the possibility of activating the 25th Amendment to search the dismissal of Trump, due to mental incapacity.
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