President Trump on Friday night hinted that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may not have a job much longer.
During a campaign rally in Springfield, Missouri, Mr. Trump said that “95 percent” of Department of Justice and FBI employees support him, but warned, “you’ve got some real bad ones.”
Mr. Trump said he had cleaned house at the FBI, “but’ there’s a lingering stench and we are going to get rid of that too.”
The president’s comments come hours after a New York Times report that Rosenstein talked about secretly taping Mr. Trump and asking Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment.
Mr. Rosenstein was reportedly upset over the firing of former FBI Director James Comey and that a memo he had written critical of Mr. Comey’s actions in the Hilary Clinton investigation was used as the pretext to fire him, according to The New York Times.
Mr. Rosenstein denied the reported in a statement Friday afternoon and then issued a second, stronger statement late Friday night.
“I’ve never pursued or authorized recording the president and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the president is absolutely false,” the second statement said.
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