New York Times Article Claims Rod Rosenstein Considered a 25th Amendment Fix

New York Times Article Claims Rod Rosenstein Considered a 25th Amendment Fix September 21, 2018

The specter of the 25th Amendment – that is, removing a president deemed unfit or incapable of performing the job – has raised its head again.

The last time we heard mention of applying the 25th Amendment to the yammering, incoherent embarrassment in the White House, it was in an anonymously written op-ed to The New York Times.

In that instance, someone claiming to be a senior White House official suggested that the 25th Amendment had been discussed, early in Trump’s presidency.

Trump’s behavior, the chaos he seems to thrive on, and a combination of disinterest and intellectual inability to grasp the most basic functions of the office he found himself swept into, was enough to cause members of the administration to formulate plans focused on protecting the nation from the orange menace.

On Friday, The New York Times dropped a bombshell:

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested wearing a wire to record Trump, in order to push for a 25th Amendment removal.

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.

You know, we keep hearing things like this.

We keep hearing about how chaotic the Trump White House is.

We keep hearing stories of aides and Cabinet members taking unusual measures to try and stop the president from creating a major disaster.

We’ve seen how pathetic Donald Trump performs, when put on display next to other world leaders.

And for anyone with a Twitter account, it has been made abundantly clear that the gilded toad is just a few doses short of a complete mental collapse.

So why hasn’t someone done something?

Well, politics.

The GOP do not want to be known as the party that allowed a mentally incompetent lunatic to become the face and voice of Republicans.

They’d much rather attempt to paint over the mishaps and nightmarishly bad press, and in the face of all evidence, claim, “This is fine.”

No matter what you hear or see, ignore it all and just believe what they tell you.

I don’t think they realized how bad it would be, until it was too late.

So back to Rosenstein.

He says he didn’t do it.

Rosenstein provided the Times with a statement adamantly denying the report, saying, “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.”

A DOJ spokesperson provided the Times an account from someone who apparently said the comment about wearing a wire was made in jest, but the report says his comment was dead serious.

Rosenstein knows he’s walking a fine line with the president.

It was Rosenstein who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and kicked off the probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign team and Russia, or possible obstruction, afterwards.

The move was made after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, due to his involvement with the Trump campaign, and after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

So was Rosenstein only kidding?

Let’s just meet in the middle and say, maybe.

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  • captcrisis

    Something really bad is going to happen, and it will be due to the lack of courage of some Republicans — either in the Administration, or in Congress. Though to be fair, Trump is no more stupid or incompetent than the 62 million who voted for him.

  • RebeccaSusanWright

    And the fact that there are that many willing to vote for him is the real problem.

  • mersey

    It will be laughable watching the Trumper’s heads explode over this report, calling for Rosenstein to be fired immediately. Laura Ingram has already put her Tweet out. What makes this so darn funny is that for two years the Trumpers have been telling us that they don’t believe any of the negative stories coming out about Trump from anonymous sources, but they’re all ready to jump on this story like it’s gospel. They are such stupid people.

  • JASmius

    How much would y’all wager that this leak originated in the Trump White House? Think about it – Trump wants to conduct his own “Saturday night massacre,” including Rosenstein, but he doesn’t dare just do it when the motive – obstructing the Kremlingate investigation – would be day-glo obvious. So the president has this 25th Amendment “plot” story planted implicating Rod Rosenstein in this “DEEEEEP STAAAAATE!!!!!” conspiracy to carry out a “coup” against President Greatness, which the latter can seize upon as justification for getting rid of the deputy A-G. Rosenstein appears to recognize the ploy for what it is, given the speed and vehemence of his denial of it. It feeds straight into Trump’s and his cult’s Twitter feeding frenzy. At the very least, it serves as another distraction from Cohen and Manafort and Trump’s CFO giving all the goods to Robert Mueller. Seems blindingly obvious to me.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Sounds plausible. I only question whether or not Trump has the mental faculties to plan this in advance – including all the details that would have to be attended to or whether this is a fabrication of his lawyers or some other agency working with Trump that Trump would be supporting with this leak. If this were “normal” DC politics in the Dem party, I’d say it’s likely, even for a “normal” man in the GOP, but I just don’t think Trump’s lack of self-control would allow him to pull off the subterfuge…. — besides – the words appear to have been both used and spelled correctly in the op-ed.

    Given Trump’s often-described short attention span, I question whether President could handle the subterfuge or whether he could keep such a secret without the need to brag about what “he” was doing….

  • IllinoisPatriot

    Agreed. We’ve been hearing about some type of “Constitutional Crisis” for the last few years as the excuse why Wash DC somehow cannot be “cleaned up” or why serious investigations don’t seem to get launched. Perhaps finding the depth of the betrayals and the depravity in DC within both parties may be what’s being referred to…..

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I think it will get better as we get closer to the election and as Mueller continues to close in on Trump.

    Which reminds me: I need to buy more popcorn. …and peanuts. … and beer. I also need to practice for “presidential bingo” (“fake news”, “witch hunt”, “MAGA”, “Chyna”, “Tariffs”, “Wall”, “Me”, “Me”, “Me”, …).

  • loveandcommonsense

    They are the same people who believe the Trump tower meeting was about “adoptions.” Streiff over at RedState is still saying that. It’s sad to see formerly principled people throw those principles in the toilet, all for Trump.