Speculation Abounds That NYT Bombshell Was Planted So Trump Can Fire Rosenstein

Speculation Abounds That NYT Bombshell Was Planted So Trump Can Fire Rosenstein

So this happened today.

As if the news cycle wasn’t already jam-packed, what with the Christine Blasey Ford allegations and Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination hanging in the balance, the New York Times dropped a bombshell report that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested he’d be willing to wear a wire to secretly record President Trump and talked about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

The story cited a number of anonymous officials who “were briefed either on the events themselves or on memos written by F.B.I. officials, including Andrew G. McCabe, then the acting bureau director, that documented Mr. Rosenstein’s actions and comments.” Rosenstein, for his part, issued something of a non-denial denial, stating that the Times story was “inaccurate and factually incorrect” while adding that he won’t comment any further on a “story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda.”

Considering the fact that Rosenstein oversees the Mueller investigation and was the one who tapped Robert Mueller to lead the probe, and the president has long made his anger with Rosenstein clear as well as his desire for the Russia investigation to end, many immediately speculated that this story was leaked by the White House or Trump’s allies in order to give Trump an opening to fire Rosenstein and get rid of the Mueller probe.

Below are some reactions from media folks and political insiders:

Some noted that the bust of Trump’s declassification gambit could have also played into this:

Meanwhile, if the intention is to get Rosenstein fired in order to end the Mueller probe, it would appear that message was received loud and clear.

Justin Baragona

Justin Baragona is the founder/publisher of Contemptor and a contributor to The Daily Beast. He was previously the Cable News Correspondent for Mediaite and prior to starting Contemptor, he worked on the editorial staff of PoliticusUSA. During that time, he had his work quoted by USA Today and BBC News, among others. Justin began his published career as a political writer for 411Mania. He resides in St. Louis, MO with his wife and pets.