According to a contemporaneous memo from then-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, serious questions have arisen about those rumors flying around from May 2017. Specifically, the ones that pegged former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as attempting to mastermind a coup against President Donald Trump.
We know from previous reports that, in the wake of James Comey’s firing, Rosenstein mentioned the possibility of wearing a wire the next time he spoke to the president. According to Rosenstein and some of his allies, he was merely joking when he made that suggestion. But if McCabe’s memo is accurate, this was no laughing matter.
The memo comes as a result of a lawsuit filed against the Justice Department by Judicial Watch, and it provides us with the most powerful evidence yet of the mutiny that was stirring among Trump’s top executives in the weeks before Robert Mueller was named special counsel.
According to the memo, Rosenstein told McCabe that he was willing to wear a wire “to collect additional evidence on the president’s true intentions.” He even went so far as to mention that “he was not searched when he entered the White House,” which therefore made the scheme possible.
“As our conversation continued, the DAG proposed that he could potentially wear a recording device into the Oval Office to collect additional evidence on the president’s true intentions,” McCabe wrote in the memo. “He said he thought this might be possible because he was not searched when he entered the White House.”
McCabe said he would take the offer under advisement.
“I told him that I would discuss the opportunity with my investigative team and get back to him,” he wrote.
No evidence has emerged to indicate that McCabe and Rosenstein went through with their plot.
There are other accounts from this period that name Rosenstein as the one trying to get Cabinet-level support for a 25th Amendment process against Trump. The 25th Amendment states that a president can be removed from office by a majority of his Cabinet secretaries, if they should believe him unfit to continue his duties as president. This amendment was passed in the wake of the Kennedy assassination, however, and was certainly not meant to be abused by NeverTrumpers and Democrats who want to erase the results of a fair and free election.