Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.) argued Friday night that if President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE moved to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon MORE it would amount to "obstruction of justice."

Lieu spoke to MSNBC's Ari Melber after a New York Times report released earlier in the day alleged that Rosenstein proposed secretly recording conversations in the Oval Office last year and discussed Cabinet officials potentially invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president.

Rosenstein roundly denied the report, calling the allegations “inaccurate” and “factually incorrect.”

He also clarified that he did not believe impeachment was appropriate.

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"But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment," he said in a statement released by the Justice Department (DOJ).

Despite Rosenstein's denial, the report has led some to call for his removal. In a since-deleted tweet, Fox News host Laura Ingraham, one of the 47 people Trump follows on Twitter, wrote that he "must be fired today."

Fox News host Sean Hannity on Friday night warned Trump against firing anyone, claiming unidentified government officials were trying to undermine the president's agenda while portraying the Times report as part of "a set up."

Lieu, a member of the House Judiciary Committee and a vocal critic of Trump, noted the timing of the report.

"You just had Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortREAD: Hannity, Manafort messages released by judge Manafort, Hannity talk Trump, Mueller in previously undisclosed messages FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway MORE flip, you had Michael Cohen, his longtime lawyer, flip," he said. "And then all of a sudden we see these sources talking about what Rod Rosenstein said."

Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Nikki Haley blasts Roy Moore's Senate bid: 'He does not represent our Republican Party' Time magazine: Trump threatened reporter with prison time MORE have repeatedly drawn the ire of Trump over the Russia probe.

Sessions recused himself from the probe last year given his role on the Trump campaign, leaving Rosenstein to oversee the probe as the No. 2 DOJ official.

Rosenstein appointed Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE as special counsel last year to lead the Russia probe, which Trump has repeatedly blasted as a "witch hunt."