Ex-federal prosecutor: I would have 'owned' wearing a wire to record Trump

Former federal prosecutor Gene Rossi told Hill.TV's "Rising" on Friday that he would have been willing to discuss wearing a wire to record President TrumpDonald John TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis MORE after the firing of FBI director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier Hannity invites Ocasio-Cortez to join prime-time show for full hour The Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta under fire over Epstein plea deal MORE.

Rossi also said he would have been willing to discuss the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office.

"President Trump's lucky I'm not in the Department of Justice because after Comey's firing, I would have discussed the 25th amendment," Rossi told hosts Krystal Ball and Mattie Duppler. "I would have discussed wearing a wire, and I would own it." 

"I would say 'listen, these are normal law enforcement discussions, and we're not going to back away. We did have a discussion about the 25th, and we definitely had a discussion about the wire,'" he continued. 

Former deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeMcCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump Feds gone wild: DOJ's stunning inability to prosecute its own bad actors Comey: Trump peddling 'dumb lies' MORE revealed earlier this week that there were concerns within the bureau about whether Trump was fit to be president and whether the Cabinet should be brought in to organize efforts to remove him via the 25th Amendment.

The New York Times reported last year that former deputy attorney general Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinFeds will not charge officer who killed Eric Garner The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Judiciary issues blitz of subpoenas for Kushner, Sessions, Trump associates MORE considered secretly recording Trump, and discussed removing Trump from office via the 25th amendment with other DOJ officials.  

A spokesperson for Rosenstein said that the former DOJ official "rejects" McCabe's version of events, referring to his “recitation of events as inaccurate and factually incorrect."

Trump for his part hit back against McCabe's comments in a tweet on Thursday. 

“McCabe is a disgrace to the FBI and a disgrace to our Country. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!” the president wrote.

"No one is immune from being investigated. The president of the United States is not above the law," Rossi said. "A tactic used by law enforcement is wearing a wire. So I don't know why they're embarrassed to admit that, and of course, they're probably trying to save their career[s]." 

Rossi, who is a Democrat, has been critical in the past of Trump's comments on the Russia probe.

— Julia Manchester