NYT: Rosenstein Suggested He Secretly Record Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment

My read is that Rod Rosenstein couldn’t handle a high stress environment and a chaotic president. Not everybody can deal with stress and anxiety and chaos with aplomb. Rosenstein could not.

I’ve kept many jobs that other people were not able to handle because of the chaos and screaming. I spent some of my early years in foster care and so I learned to negotiate difficult people. Those who went before me would often end up curled in a ball sobbing when the boss screamed at them. I usually kept my cool or yelled back and thus gained the boss’s respect.

An alternative explanation is that the Deep State wants to destroy President Trump.

It’s disturbing that Jeff Sessions said he would resign if Rosenstein were fired. Sessions has bad judgment.

New York Times:

WASHINGTON — The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.

Mr. Rosenstein made these suggestions in the spring of 2017 when Mr. Trump’s firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director plunged the White House into turmoil. Over the ensuing days, the president divulged classified intelligence to Russians in the Oval Office, and revelations emerged that Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey to pledge loyalty and end an investigation into a senior aide.

Mr. Rosenstein was just two weeks into his job. He had begun overseeing the Russia investigation and played a key role in the president’s dismissal of Mr. Comey by writing a memo critical of his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. But Mr. Rosenstein was caught off guard when Mr. Trump cited the memo in the firing, and he began telling people that he feared he had been used.

Mr. Rosenstein made the remarks about secretly recording Mr. Trump and about the 25th Amendment in meetings and conversations with other Justice Department and F.B.I. officials. Several people described the episodes, insisting on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The people 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.

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