Rod Rosenstein is a DC swamp rat. But he’s maintained his job, because DC swamp rats are tougher than a $3 steak.
Rosenstein may be the ground zero of the discussion around invoking the 25th Amendment against President Trump. Ironically, it might be the fake news New York Times who poisoned this high-level rodent.
According to the Times, in the chaos that followed the decision by President Trump to fire crooked James Comey, Rosenstein discussed secretly recording the president.
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He supposedly offered this idea so that he would have more ammunition in securing members of Trump’s Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president:
Mr. Rosenstein made the remarks about secretly recording Mr. Trump and about the 25th Amendment in meetings and conversations with other Justice Department and F.B.I. officials. Several people described the episodes, insisting on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The people were briefed either on the events themselves or on memos written by F.B.I. officials, including Andrew G. McCabe, then the acting bureau director, that documented Mr. Rosenstein’s actions and comments.
None of Mr. Rosenstein’s proposals apparently came to fruition. It is not clear how determined he was about seeing them through, though he did tell Mr. McCabe that he might be able to persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and John F. Kelly, then the secretary of homeland security and now the White House chief of staff, to mount an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment.
Rosenstein provided the Times with a statement adamantly denying the report.
“The New York Times’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.”
Not exactly bathing in outrage is Rosenstein’s comment.
Inaccurate and factually incorrect? How about a statement that reads, “I unequivocally deny this statement, blah blah blah!”
But this is not what surprises me. My burning question is, “Why is the New York Times turning on Rosenstein?”
I believe I have the answer. I believe Democrats now sense their own futility. They have witnessed their party jumping into the deep end with cement blocks they themselves chained to their feet. Talk about self-destructive behavior!
Let’s see what develops, as we learn more about these swamp rats. I suspect other Democrats will begin leaking to the media, and not just the fake news media. When Democrats feel they have their backs to the wall, I believe they will begin turning on each other like starving cannibals.