"The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", Rosenstein said in a statement to the newspaper.
According to an explosive New York Times report Friday, Rosenstein suggested secretly recording the president "to expose the chaos consuming the administration" in meetings with Department of Justice and FBI officials shortly after taking control of the Russian Federation investigation in 2017.
Rosenstein immediately refuted the accuracy of the Times' report.
In terms of the reaction from the rest of Trump-world: its a mix of disbelief for the the Times, and echoes of Ingraham's call to have Rosenstein fired.More news: Nissan Navara Dark Sky BOLDLY goes where no telescope has gone before
According to the official, Rosenstein would have recognized that the "math" of the 25th Amendment would not have worked given that it requires "a majority of the cabinet, the vice president and majorities in Congress" to remove the president from office. The person, who would not be named, acknowledged the remark but said Mr. Rosenstein made it sarcastically.
Details, according to The Times, were confirmed by sources who were briefed on the discussions or memos written about the discussions, by McCabe and others.
The news was first reported by the New York Times. "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".
The report says Rosenstein was prompted to these ideas in the days after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. But let me be clear about this: "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment".More news: Canadian marijuana imports OK'd by U.S. for California study
A person who was in the room when the comment was made, and provided a statement through the Justice Department, said Rosenstein's comment was "sarcastic" and that he "never discussed any intention of recording a conversation with the president".
While McCabe would not personally comment on the matter, Michael R. Bromwich, an attorney for the former Federal Bureau of Investigation official, said his client "has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos". Rosenstein believed he would be able to convince Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to sign on, according to the sources. "When he was interviewed by the Special Counsel more than a year ago, he gave all of his memos - classified and unclassified - to the Special Counsel's office". Michael R. Bromwich, a lawyer for McCabe, told the Times his client "has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos".
CNN reports that those McCabe memos have been given to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the probe into Russian election meddling.More news: Solanke Out Of Liverpool, Southampton Fixture