According to the report, which Rosenstein strongly denied Friday, the deputy attorney general also suggested wearing a wire during encounters with the president while proposing the recruitment of other administration officials to support the president's removal.
After the Times story was published, McCabe's attorney, Michael R. Bromwich, released statement saying his client did not leak the memos he made while at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Trump has publicly lashed out at both Rosenstein and Sessions ever since, blaming them for fueling what he called a "witch hunt" bent on undermining his administration.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. The president has also been reported on a number of occasions to be considering firing Rosenstein as part of an effort to kneecap special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been leading the Russian Federation probe since former FBI Director James Comey was sacked in May 2017.
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R), a Fox News staple, agreed with Ingraham, tweeting that Rosenstein must be fired if the Times' reporting is accurate, because "Rosenstein doesn't seem to have the integrity to resign". But let me be clear about this: "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25thAmendment".
Rosenstein, a mere two weeks into his duties overseeing the Russian Federation investigation, began mulling plans to record the president after FBI Director James Comes was sacked in May, according to the report.
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Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation, the authority to fire Mueller rests with Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general.
If not him, then Mr. McCabe or other F.B.I. officials interviewing with Mr. Trump for the job could perhaps wear a wire or otherwise record the president, Mr. Rosenstein offered.
The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment on the report, but Trump's eldest son tweeted that "no one is shocked".
CNN previously reported that McCabe has turned over to Mueller his contemporaneous notes on what Comey told McCabe about his private interactions with Trump, McCabe's own interactions with Trump, and McCabe's impressions of meetings with Rosenstein.
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McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said he has no knowledge of how his memos were made available. Absolutely Shocked! Ohhh, who are we kidding at this point? He was apparently disturbed that his memo criticizing Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation had been cited as cause in Trump's sacking of the then-FBI director, and made the suggestion amid the "turmoil" that followed the termination. A few weeks ago, a senior White House employee wrote an op-ed in the New York Times revealing that he or she was a part of the "Resistance" movement and working to undermine the president.