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Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump But Was Joking, Witness Says

  • Whether the comment made last year was serious is in dispute
  • He also discussed invoking the 25th Amendment, NYT reports
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Bloomberg’s Kevin Cirilli reports on Rosenstein’s working relationship with Trump.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested to Justice Department colleagues last year that he secretly record conversations with President Donald Trump in the White House, but at least one person who was present said he was joking.

The conversation was first reported by the New York Times, which described secondhand accounts suggesting Rosenstein was serious about the proposal. The report said he also discussed identifying cabinet members willing to invoke the 25th Amendment, which provides for the removal of a president who’s unfit for office.