Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.) argued Friday night that if President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Gillum and DeSantis’s first debate GOP warns economy will tank if Dems win Gorbachev calls Trump's withdrawal from arms treaty 'a mistake' MORE moved to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinConservative rep slams Rosenstein's 'conflicts of interest' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump, Obama head to swing states with Senate majority in balance Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week 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 ManafortManafort appears in wheelchair at court hearing Manafort to be sentenced in Virginia in February Former FBI agent sentenced to 4 years in jail for leaking to reporter 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 SessionsBeto O'Rourke on impeachment: 'There is enough there to proceed' Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE as special counsel last year to lead the Russia probe, which Trump has repeatedly blasted as a "witch hunt."