McCabe's memos, which were later turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller's office, had remained at the Federal Bureau of Investigation until McCabe was ousted in January and McCabe doesn't know how any reporters might have obtained them, Bromwich said.
For now, according to one Republican in close contact with the White House, the president can accept Rosenstein's version of events - that the deputy attorney general never contemplated invoking the 25th Amendment and that any reference he made to recording the president was made only in jest.
Rosenstein has been a frequent punching bag for Trump supporters for appointing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017 to take over a federal probe of suspected Russian meddling in the USA election and potential coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign. While some Americans who are unsettled by Trump's antics might draw comfort from believing that "adults" in the room are keeping him under control, the Times now reminds us how much silence there has been from those in the know and how complicit these officials have been in propping up an administration they don't think is viable.
Mr McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said his client "has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos". The person said Mr Rosenstein made the remark sarcastically. One journalist, Marcy Wheeler, pointed to the fact that zero "of the people accusing Rosenstein of acting erratically were actual witnesses to his actions". "The statement was sarcastic and never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president".
The details of the story make it look like a strategic leak from someone in the Justice Department to the New York Times, he explained.
Rosenstein was rankled by the revelation that Comey had kept memos about his interactions with the president, and McCabe wanted a more aggressive approach toward the White House, the person said.
Donald Trump has spent a lot of time disparaging "fake news" reports from the "failing" New York Times largely based on anonymous sources.
The President did not name Rosenstein, or any official, by name, and he did not address the report at a rally in Missouri, but he's frequently feuded with Rosenstein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to lead the Russian Federation investigation, and he considered dismissing the deputy attorney general in April.
Nevertheless, the explosive report was likely to only widen the existing chasm between the Justice Department and Trump, who has made no secret of his disdain for both Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose recusal from the ongoing Russian Federation investigation resulted in Rosenstein appointment of Mueller.
Asked by the host Chris Wallace if Rosenstein's reported behaviour would constitute "being on the team", Pompeo said: "Not remotely".
Trump made the future of Kavanaugh and the federal judiciary a centerpiece of his rally in Springfield, which was created to support Missouri's attorney general, Josh Hawley, in his race against Democratic Sen. The publication also claims that he discussed invoking the 25th Amendment, which could remove a sitting president from office. In other words, with President Trump and with the Freedom Caucus, Rosenstein has tried to straddle the center when dealing with political leaders who have no interest in rational governance.
If not him, then Mr. McCabe or other F.B.I. officials interviewing with Mr. Trump for the job could perhaps wear a wire or otherwise record the president, Mr. Rosenstein offered. "Can we call them Fake Memos?"
Trump also repeatedly laced into the Democratic Party.