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Trump’s media allies push him to fire Rod Rosenstein ‘immediately’

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Laura Ingraham
Laura Ingraham.
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  • President Donald Trump’s allies in conservative media asked
    him to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “immediately”
    on Friday after a New York Times bombshell.
  • The Times reported that Rosenstein had discussed the 25th
    Amendment in the days after the president fired FBI Director
    James Comey.
  • “He needs to go. Today,” tweeted Fox News host Laura
    Ingraham.

President Donald Trump’s allies in conservative media were quick
to suggest that he fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
“immediately” after The New York Times reported Friday
that he discussed the 25th Amendment in the days after the
president fired FBI Director James Comey.

Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro, in addition to
legal analyst Gregg Jarrett, pushed the president to fire
Rosenstein soon after The Times published its story.

“He needs to go. Today,” tweeted Ingraham, who added in
another tweet that the deputy attorney general “must be fired
today,” tagging Trump’s Twitter account.

The Times reported that Rosenstein commented on invoking the 25th
Amendment and about secretly recording Trump in meetings and
conversations with Justice Department and FBI officials,
according to several people who described the comments to the
publication. Those sources were either briefed on the
comments or on memos FBI officials such as then-FBI Acting
Director Andrew McCabe authored.


jeanine pirro
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In a statement to The Times, Rosenstein disputed the story,
calling it “inaccurate and factually incorrect.” He added that
the information was planted by “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,” Rosenstein said.

An anonymous Justice Department spokeswoman told The Times that a
person who was present when Rosenstein proposed secretly
recording Trump by wearing a wire during a meeting with the
president said the comment was made sarcastically. Other publications subsequently
reported
that the comment was sarcastic in nature.

A section of the 25th Amendment allows for the vice president
plus a majority of the Cabinet members to declare that the
president is unfit for office. But there is no mechanism for
dealing with a president who simply decides to fire Cabinet
members who choose to join with a majority declaring the
president unfit once a president were to catch wind of the
effort.

Rosenstein’s proposals did not ultimately come to fruition, The
Times wrote.

“Driven by vengeance, Rosenstein sought to secretly record the
President,” Jarrett tweeted. “He must be fired
immediately! Since a clearly biased Rosenstein has been in charge
of the Mueller investigation, it must be terminated. This
illegitimate probe has been tainted by corruption from the
start.”


Donald Trump
Donald Trump.
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Multiple judges have upheld the special counsel
Robert Mueller’s probe, which Rosenstein oversees, as legitimate.

“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,” Pirro tweeted, mentioning the
document requests made by conservative House members of
Rosenstein. “NOW HE MUST BE FIRED.”

Interestingly, Trump’s allies seemed to be OK with using an
anonymously sourced story from The Times as the basis of its
calls to fire Rosenstein as soon as today.

“When you see ‘anonymous source,’ stop reading the story, it is
fiction!” Trump himself tweeted last month, the
same day he suggested that
such sources “don’t even exist.”

As for The Times, Trump has repeatedly referred to the
publication as “The Failing New York Times” when the outlet
publishes a story he is not fond of.

Some conservatives expressed caution in their response to The
Times story, however.

“When it comes to President @realDonaldTrump….. BEWARE of
anything coming out of the @nytimes,” tweeted Republican Sen.
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has become more of a Trump
ally in recent months.

Former Republican Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, a fellow Trump
ally, tweeted that he was not sure
if the story was true because it was published by the “NY
Slimes.”

But, he said if it were true, Attorney General Jeff Sessions
“needs to fire Rosenstein and if he won’t ⁦⁦⁦⁦⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩
needs to fire both of them since Rosenstein doesn’t seem to have
the integrity to resign.”

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