“Rod Rosenstein must be fired today.”
Conservatives are calling for the firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after a bombshell New York 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.
Shocked!!! Absolutely Shocked!!! Ohhh, who are we kidding at this point? No one is shocked that these guys would do anything in their power to undermine @realdonaldtrump.
Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment https://t.co/ZTEwS8E1iJ
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 21, 2018
Many of Trump’s most ardent supporters, like Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Judge Jeanine Pirro, called for Roseinstein’s immediate firing.
Rod Rosenstein must be fired today. @realDonaldTrump
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 21, 2018
Rod rosenstein shld have been fired long ago for being part of the ‘resistance’ and not providing documents to congress in order to save his corrupt pals. NOW HE MUST BE FIRED.
— Jeanine Pirro (@JudgeJeanine) September 21, 2018
Some even called for Roseinstein’s head — literally.
BREAKING: Rod Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment in Coup Attempt
It’s time to try this rat bastard for TREASON and execute him!
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) September 21, 2018
However, other conservatives, like Ben Shapiro, remained consistent in standing against reports based on anonymous sources and didn’t lend the story much credence.
Rosenstein fully denies the account, nothing came of it, and the story is based on more anonymous sources. https://t.co/I5x5CvNUra
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) September 21, 2018
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.
Does anyone doubt that the #Rosenstein leak came from Team Trump?
— Peter Daou (@peterdaou) September 21, 2018
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.
This Rod Rosenstein “revelation” about secret recordings and the 25th Amendment is too convenient for Trump and undermines both the Department of Justice and the Mueller investigation. It makes me wonder if the anonymous New York Times op-ed was a deliberate ruse all along.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) September 21, 2018