Deputy Attorney General suggested secretly taping Trump

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Friday Sept. 21 2018 in Springfield Mo

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally Friday Sept. 21 2018 in Springfield Mo

The account, first reported by the New York Times, paints Rosenstein as so concerned in May 2017 in the wake of Trump's firing of then-FBI Director James Comey that he contemplated secretly recording conversations with the president.

"Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's actions, as recounted by the New York Times Friday, are the equivalent of an attempted coup - a plot to overthrow the president", writes Jarrett.

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

Rosenstein, as deputy attorney general, oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether the president and his associates played a role in that effort.

The revelation that the No. 2 Justice Department official had even broached those ideas, sarcastically or not, creates greater uncertainty for Rosenstein's job status at a time when Trump has railed against law enforcement leadership as biased against him.

A person who was in the room when the comment was made, and provided a statement through the Justice Department, said Rosenstein's comment was "sarcastic" and that he "never discussed any intention of recording a conversation with the president". He said the bad ones are gone, "but there's a lingering stench and we're going to get rid of that, too".

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McCabe has no knowledge of how the memos were made available, said his lawyer Michael Bromwich.

"He solicited others to wear wires, including Andrew McCabe, who was later fired as Assistant FBI Director".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington.

Fox News' Gregg Jarrett slammed the revelations in a scathing report just hours after the Times published the article, saying the DOJ official's "attempted coup" can not go unpunished.

News organizations reported differing accounts Monday morning, including that Rosenstein resigned, that he was sacked, and that he was leaving the administration.

More broadly, it's the latest revelation that could affect Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible coordination between Russian Federation and Trump's presidential campaign in 2016.

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Rosenstein issued a second statement not long after the president spoke.

Also on Friday night, the Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham, Jeanine Pirro and Gregg Jarrett advocated firing Rosenstein.

"I believe much of the criticism will fall by the wayside when people reflect on this era and the Department of Justice", said Rosenstein, who did not refer to Trump directly. But Mr. Rosenstein was caught off guard when Mr. Trump cited the memo in the firing, and he began telling people that he feared he had been used.

The source familiar with the matter, who quoted Rosenstein responding to McCabe, also points out that Lisa Page took more detailed notes in the meeting and apparently does not mention that the 25th Amendment came up. In a statement, the deputy attorney general called the story "inaccurate and factually incorrect" and said sources behind it were "advancing their own personal agenda".

Rosenstein has invited the ire of Democrats and Republicans alike. In July, 11 House Republicans introduced articles of impeachment against Rosenstein and accused the Justice Department of hiding investigative information from Congress, abusing the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act, and failing to comply with subpoenas.

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