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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 TrumpOcasio-Cortez rips into conservative journalist for calling her a bitch Dem lawmaker: Trump Jr. lied to Congress on two occasions Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Trump Jr: Keep trolling, we have subpoena power next year MORE slammed the Department of Justice after The New York Times reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinGraham vows to push Trump’s AG pick through Judiciary Committee House GOP set to grill Comey McCabe, Rosenstein opened obstruction probe after Trump fired Comey, before Mueller was hired: report MORE proposed secretly recording conversations in the Oval Office with President TrumpDonald John TrumpJoaquín Castro: Trump would be 'in court right now' if he weren't the president or 'privileged' Trump flubs speech location at criminal justice conference Comey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony 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 McCabeComey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony Comey’s confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant McCabe, Rosenstein opened obstruction probe after Trump fired Comey, before Mueller was hired: report MORE in the aftermath of Trump’s firing of FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyComey reveals new details on Russia probe during House testimony READ: Transcript of Comey's interview before House lawmakers Comey’s confession: dossier not verified before, or after, FISA warrant MORE.

They wrote that he discussed recruiting Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsJohn Kelly to leave White House at year's end Five things to know about William Barr, Trump’s pick for Justice Department Trump says AG pick deserves bipartisan support 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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.