Rosenstein bombshell good for Trump: Darcy cartoon

September 23, 2018

Rosenstein bombshell good for Trump: Darcy cartoon

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The New York Times and Andrew McCabe, long disparaged by President Trump, have now given him justification to fire Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein.

The paper has reported that in the aftermath of the firing of FBI Director James Comey, in May 2017, an unnerved Rod Rosenstein had discussed secretly recording the President and getting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment, beginning a process that would remove Trump from office.

Contemporaneous meeting notes taken by then acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe,  were the basis of the report.  

“He has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos,” McCabe’s lawyer Michael Bromwich told CNN.  “When he was interviewed by the special counsel more than a year ago, he gave all of his memos - classified and unclassified - to the special counsel’s office.  A set of memos remained at the FBI at the time of his departure in late January 2018.”

Like James Comey had done, McCabe “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,” said Bromwich.

Rosenstein quickly denied the NYT report in a statement.

“The New York Time’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect. 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.”

Despite saying he would “not further comment” Rosenstein did, reportedly at urging of White House advisers to make a firmer statement.

“I never pursued or authorized recording the President and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the President is absolutely false,” Rosenstein said in his second statement.

In addition to Rosenstein, people in the meeting, those who have worked with Rosenstein and other Journalists have questioned the New York Times reporting.

Sarcastic or Sincere?

Some in the meeting have said Rosenstein was being sarcastic, others thought he was being serious.

People who have worked with and known Rosenstein said the report’s description of his demeanor doesn’t match their experience with him.  They also say suggesting the President be recorded would be out of character for the way Rosenstein operates.

Journalists debating whether the story was under-reported or over-reported seem to agree it wasn’t well reported.

In addition to the NYT being criticized for not seriously considering Rosenstein was being sarcastic, some feel the paper’s reporters may have gotten played by forces loyal to Comey and McCabe with axes to grind against Rosenstein and forces wanting to further induce Trump to fire Rosenstein, inflaming a Constitutional crises that would ultimately engulf Trump.

Now a question of when Rosenstein will be fired, not if.

At a rally in Missouri, Trump said that at the FBI and Justice Department “there’s a lingering stench...we’re going to get rid of that, too.”

It’s likely no longer a question of if Trump will fire Rosenstein, but when.  I would think the President would wait until the Kavanaugh-Blasey issue is resolved.  But he may also want to fire Rosenstein now to distract from the Blasey controversy.  It would be like Trump to fire Rosenstein on the day Blasey testifies, if she ever does.

As it stands right now, the Trump dubbed ‘Fake News’ New York Times has produced great news for Trump.  The NYT providing  a good reason to fire Rosenstein, and other Journalists criticizing the paper is Trump’s idea of “Winning again.”

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