>> The man overseeing the Russia probe reportedly suggested secretly recording President Trump and considered ways to have him removed. But was Rod Rosenstein joking? I'm Andy Sullivan, in Washington, where Trump supporters are calling on the President to fire Rosenstein. Responding to media reports that the number two official at the justice department discussed whether to have Trump forcibly removed from office.
Now Rosenstein is calling these reports inaccurate and factually incorrect, but that's not stopping another wave of speculation that the Deputy Attorney General might not be on the job for long. The New York Times first with the news, other outlets quickly following. Reporting on discussions within the Justice Department that took place shortly after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last year.
Those accounts based in part on memos written at the time by then acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe. At the time Rosenstein was new to the job, overseeing the criminal investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. According to the memos and interviews, he suggested that senior official should record their discussions with Trump.
He also explored whether to push Trump's cabinet to declare him unfit for office under the 25th amendment of the constitution. Several people involved in those discussions now say Rosenstein was just being sarcastic and wouldn't seriously consider those options. Rosenstein issuing a strong denial saying quote, based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.
Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said the report should not be used as a pretext to fire Rosenstein. Other's warning of a massive backlash if Trump tries to interfere with the Russia probe. Rosenstein has been a target of Trump's attacks for more than a year, the White House so far silent on the news.
>> The Justice Department says these reports won't affect the Russia probe, but they're touching off a new round of questions about Rosenstein's fate, and just how the President might go to defend himself.