Trump Jr. slams Rosenstein report: 'No one is shocked'

Trump Jr. slams Rosenstein report: 'No one is shocked'
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Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Trump set to host controversial social media summit Trump associate Felix Sater grilled by House Intel MORE slammed the Department of Justice after The New York Times reported that 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 proposed secretly recording conversations in the Oval Office with President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE and discussed the possibility of Cabinet officials invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him.

“Shocked!!! Absolutely Shocked!!! Ohhh, who are we kidding at this point? No one is shocked that these guys would do anything in their power to undermine @realdonaldtrump,” he tweeted Friday afternoon.

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The Times reported that Rosenstein made the comments to then-acting 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 in the aftermath of Trump’s firing of FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHannity invites Ocasio-Cortez to join prime-time show for full hour The Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta under fire over Epstein plea deal White House repeatedly blocks ex-aide from answering Judiciary panel questions MORE.

They wrote that he discussed recruiting Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsPress: Acosta, latest to walk the plank The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Alabama senator says Trump opposed to Sessions Senate bid MORE and White House chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE in an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows a majority vote by a president’s Cabinet to remove the president if he is deemed unfit for office. The Cabinet vote sends the issue to Congress, which by a two-thirds vote in both chambers must also vote to remove the president.

Rosenstein and the Department of Justice have said the New York Times story is false. 

“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” Rosenstein said in a statement to 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." 

"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 added.

Trump Jr. has been a proponent of the theory that a “deep state” made up of career government officials is working internally to prevent the president’s agenda from become reality.

“If there was ever confirmation that the Deep State is real, illegal & endangers national security, it's this. Their interests above all else,” he tweeted in 2017, citing the conservative Drudge Report. 

Advocates of the existence of a “deep state” often point to leaks from within the administration and the Justice Department, which overseas special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump MORE’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including whether the Trump campaign colluded with those efforts. Mueller is also investigating whether Trump has sought to obstruct justice in that investigation.