Rosenstein Out? Graham: 'There Is a Bureaucratic Coup Against President Trump'

By Susan Jones | September 24, 2018 | 11:34 AM EDT

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (Photo: Screen Capture/C-SPAN)

( - Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) weighed in Sunday on the question of President Trump firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, following a New York Times report that said Rosenstein was out to get Trump after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

According to the New York Times: "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."

At mid-morning Monday, cable news outlets said Rosenstein was on his way to the White House and expected to be fired.

Rosenstein has rejected the New York Times report as "inaccurate":

"But there is a bureaucratic coup against President Trump being discovered here," Graham said. "Before the election, the people in question tried to taint the election, tip it to Clinton's favor; after the election they are trying to undermine the president.

"I don't know what Rosenstein did, but I know what Mccabe, Ohr, Page and Strzok did. They tried to destroy this president. If Rosenstein is involved, he should be fired. If he is not involved, leave him alone. But he can't make that decision. We need a special counsel to look at this, not Mr. Horowitz, the (Justice Department) IG. Rosenstein is doing the country a great disservice by not appointing a special counsel to look at all of this."

President Trump, speaking to Geraldo Rivera on his new radio show Monday, noted that Rosenstein was hired by Jeff Sessions. "I was not involved in that process because, you know, they go out and they get their own deputies and people that work in the department. And it is very early. And we just read the reports...And we will make a determination and I'm sure you'll be be very, very early on with those that know."

At a rally in Missouri on Friday night, the president said there was a "lingering stench" at the Justice Department that "we're going to get rid of."


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