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Conservatives Call for Firing of Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein After New York Times Report

Conservatives Call for Firing of Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein After New York Times Report

“Rod Rosenstein must be fired today.”

Conservatives are calling for the firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after a bombshell New Yo​rk Times report was published Friday.

According to anonymous sources, Rosenstein proposed wearing a wire to record President Donald Trump and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment following the 2017 firing of former FBI director James Comey.

Rosenstein allegedly made the comments in meetings and conversations with Justice Department and FBI officials in order to expose the chaotic nature of the Trump administration.

Rosenstein has denied the story’s claims.

“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,” the lifelong Republican said in a statement to ​CNN. “But let me be clear about this: based on my personal dealings with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”

The New York Times report immediately caused an uproar among Republicans, who seemed to ignore previous admonitions from the president calling on supporters to dismiss stories founded on anonymous sources.

Trump’s eldest son, Don Jr. was one of the first to express outrage on twitter.

Many of Trump’s most ardent supporters, like Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Judge Jeanine Pirro, called for Roseinstein’s immediate firing.

 

Some even called for Roseinstein’s head — literally.

However, other conservatives, like Ben Shapiro, remained consistent in standing against reports based on anonymous sources and didn’t lend the story much credence.

Liberals, for their part, expressed suspicion at the motives behind the story.

Many theorized that the leak was orchestrated by Trump in order to justify firing Rosenstein and derailing the Russia investigation.

For some, the story pointed to a pro-Trump conspiracy that goes back to a now infamous New York Times op-ed by a senior White House official who claimed to be part of the resistance to the president published earlier this month.

Cover image: Rod Rosenstein. (Getty Images)

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