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Soon after Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein suggested using a wiretap to record President Trump’s communications, then-acting FBI director Andrew McCabe went to the bureau’s top lawyer seeking advice on what he had just heard.
Rosenstein, McCabe told the lawyer, wanted to furtively record the president to help explore whether Trump had obstructed justice. How, McCabe asked, should the FBI respond to the outlandish proposition?
The article goes on to state the following:
The lawyer, James Baker, dismissed the idea, according to people familiar with the episode who described it to The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity. But importantly, Baker told congressional investigators last week that the deputy attorney general’s suggestion was presented to him by senior FBI officials as being serious — raising questions about Rosenstein’s assertions to the contrary, the people said.
This week, Rosenstein is scheduled to talk to congressional investigators about the 2017 episode, which nearly cost him his job after it was revealed in news accounts last month. The high-stakes interview with some of the president’s closest Republican allies could again put the deputy attorney general in the hot seat, especially if those lawmakers leave the interview unconvinced of Rosenstein’s testimony and relay their concerns to the president.
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After 2017 meeting where Rosenstein reportedly discussed wearing wire to record Trump, FBI’s McCabe, Page headed to Baker’s office. Told him what happened. Despite later Rosenstein explanation that it was sarcasm, FBI officials took idea very seriously. https://t.co/A3VvqefjCI
— Byron York (@ByronYork) October 9, 2018
#DrainTheSwamp – @SaraCarterDC: First, DOJ said Rosenstein was just joking around. Then they tried to blame it on Andy McCabe and Lisa Page. Now we have James Baker, who says Rosenstein was very serious about recording @POTUS & invoking 25th Amendment. #MAGA #TrumpTrain #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/RshV8nAxGk
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) October 9, 2018
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) October 10, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) October 10, 2018
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