President Donald Trump on Sunday responded to the New York Times’ and other outlets’ reporting that, after he fired FBI Director James Comey last year, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording the President and invoking the 25th Amendment to begin a process of his removal from office.
Trump called the reports “very sad” and attempted to distance himself from Rosenstein, saying the deputy attorney general had been “hired” by Attorney General Jeff Sessions — even though Trump himself technically announced Rosenstein’s nomination to his current position on Jan. 31 last year. Rosenstein has denied the reports of him discussing the 25th amendment.
“He was hired by Jeff Sessions,” Trump told Geraldo Rivera Sunday on Rivera’s new radio show on WTAM. “I was not involved in that process, because, you know, they go out and they get their own deputies, and the people that work in the department. And Jeff Sessions hired him.”
“We are looking at it, Geraldo,” he continued in a clip of the radio show published by Fox News. “It’s very early. We just read the reports, very shortly— the various reports that came out and have been coming out, and we will make a determination.”
“But it is certainly a very sad story when you see it,” Trump said.
H/t Fox News.