SPRINGFIELD, Mo. President Donald Trump has issued an ominous warning about the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, promising more firings to rid a "lingering stench" after reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Trump.
It was hard amid the conflicting accounts to discern the precise context of Rosenstein's comments and how they were intended.
"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", he said in a statement.
The reports about Rosenstein created even greater uncertainty about his future at a time when Trump has lambasted Justice Department leadership and publicly humiliated both Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said in a statement that his client had drafted memos to "memorialize significant discussions he had with high level officials and preserved them so he would have an accurate, contemporaneous record of those discussions".
The Justice Department, for instance, released an email from one attendee who said Rosenstein's "statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president". "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th amendment". Rosenstein, they told the Times, was out to get the president.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump must not use a newspaper report about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as a reason to fire him.
It is in this meeting that Rosenstein also raised the 25th Amendment, two sources familiar with the meetings said.
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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.
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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who was among the Republicans who attempted to impeach Rosenstein, said while Rosenstein denies the story, he should hand over documents and memos to prove his innocence. Those calls were amplified by Fox News hosts, whom the president had previously cited as influencing his decision.
News organizations reported differing accounts Monday morning, including that Rosenstein resigned, that he was sacked, and that he was leaving the administration.
Given Mr Rosenstein's position overseeing Robert Mueller and the Russian Federation probe, any move against him by the president would be fraught with political peril.
Speculation swirled Monday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would soon be fired or resign.
"He solicited others to wear wires, including Andrew McCabe, who was later fired as Assistant FBI Director".
During Francisco's confirmation hearings past year, the Senate Judiciary Committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, mentioned his expressed support for Trump's travel ban and urged him in a letter to "publicly commit to refuse any order or request - whether express or implied - to interfere in the Special Counsel's investigation".
30 May 2018 - USA media report that Mr McCabe handed over a confidential memo on Mr Comey's firing - which reportedly details his conversation with Mr Rosenstein - to the special counsel.