In what is a strange piece of political optics, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer immediately moved to defend Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from President Trump. As soon as he heard a report that Rosenstein had considered wearing a wire to recorded conversations with the President with the 25th Amendment in mind, Schumer sought to protect him. Why is that?
As Written and Reported by Laura Barrón-López for the Washington Examiner:
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said Friday that a New York Times story reporting that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested secretly recording President Trump in the White House should not be used as “pretext” to justify firing Rosenstein.
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The Times also reported, based on second-hand sources, that Rosenstein discussed using the 25th Amendment with Cabinet members to remove Trump for being unfit for duty. Within hours Trump allies pounced, calling for the firing of Rosenstein.
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— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) September 21, 2018
This story must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt purpose of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order [to] install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the special counsel’s investigation,” Schumer said in a statement, referring to special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
White House chief of staff John Kelly and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and other officials “have been reported to say critical things of the president without….
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