bY CRIMSON TAZVINZWA//United States President Donald Trump had not even taken office before critics who considered him dangerous began imagining how to get him out. One idea floated from the very start was the clause in the Constitution permitting the removal of a president deemed unable to discharge his duties.
“Twenty-Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. Article 4,” David Frum, a conservative author and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, wrote presciently just eight days after Mr. Trump’s election in November 2016. “We’re all going to be talking a lot more about it in the months ahead.”
On that, at least, he was right. There has been a lot of talk about it. But what has become increasingly clear in recent days is that the talk has extended not just to those who never supported Mr. Trump, but even to some of those who worked for him. As it turns out, according to memos written by an F.B.I. official, the deputy attorney general at one point last year suggested that the president was so unstable that Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet should consider invoking the amendment.
There is no evidence that Mr. Pence or any cabinet members ever seriously contemplated the idea, and the deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, now says he does not currently believe there is a basis for such a removal. Moreover, there are serious obstacles to invoking the amendment in the way Mr. Rosenstein is said to have suggested. But the very discussion of it within the administration underscores just how volatile this presidency is and how fractured the team around Mr. Trump is.
Buck Sexton: Are we going to get a wall Mr. President?
President Trump: OK, well, let me just finish this. We’ll see what happens, I mean, we’ll see what happens. A lot of people have asked me to do that. And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave things alone, but it was very unfair what he did. And my worst enemies, I mean, people that, you know, are on the other side of me, in a lot of ways including politically, have said that was a very unfair thing he did. You know, you’ve seen that, when he recused himself. So anyway, so, so we’ll see how it goes with Jeff. I’m very disappointed in Jeff. Very disappointed.
[…] everyone of my Cabinet members is doing great. I just have one group that’s not been good. You know what that group is.
Numerous reports claim that leading up to the toxic events of the last couple of days; and especially in the autumn of last year the deputy attorney general suggested in several conversations with multiple FBI and Justice Department officials that he’d be willing to wear a wire to secretly record his meetings with Mr Trump, The New York Times reported on Friday. The paper’s anonymous sources alleged his intent in recording the president would be to expose him as being unfit for office.
Sources also told The Times that internal memos had been drafted by FBI officials, including then-acting director Andrew McCabe, about Mr Rosenstein’s comments surrounding secret recordings and the 25th amendment.
The deputy attorney general has denied the report in a statement defending the president, saying: “Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”
“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” he said. “I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda.”
A Justice Department source also told the paper that Mr Rosenstein was being sarcastic when he made the proposal to wear a wire while meeting with the president.
However, several sources said Mr Rosenstein was entirely serious about secretly recording the president, suggesting other FBI officials meeting with Mr Trump to replace ex-FBI Director James Comey could do the same.
Could this be a plot by Team Trump; manufacturing and packaging reasons for Trump to go mad; therein let go Rosenstien, then onsequently Special Counsel Robert Mueller and finally Attorney General sessions. In fact Jeff Sessions is promised a ‘sack’ after November 6 Midterms. It is public knowledge.
Rose has been in President Trump’ cross-hairs for as good as his time at DOJ. What of Session? Huh! What about him; Jeff Sessions does not exist as long as Trump’s ‘amoeba’ brain is concerned. Just a day before the ‘Rosenstein Bombshell’ by New York Times, President Donald Trump publicly complained to America and the World; escalated his attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions, saying, “I don’t have an attorney general.”
Trump, in a Hill.TV interview, said that he’s “so sad over Jeff Sessions,” whom he has repeatedly denounced for recusing himself from the Russia investigation.
“He was the first senator that endorsed me. And he wanted to be attorney general, and I didn’t see it,” Trump said in the Oval office interview.
“And then he went through the nominating process and he did very poorly. I mean, he was mixed up and confused, and people that worked with him for, you know, a long time in the Senate were not nice to him, but he was giving very confusing answers. Answers that should have been easily answered.”