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 TrumpHouse chairman: Trump lawyers may have given false info about Cohen payments Sarah Sanders says she was interviewed by Mueller's office Trump dismisses Ann Coulter after criticism: 'I hardly know her' MORE slammed the Department of Justice after The New York Times reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinEx-federal prosecutor: I would have 'owned' wearing a wire to record Trump The embarrassing return of Andrew McCabe The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight MORE proposed secretly recording conversations in the Oval Office with President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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's 25th Amendment comments 'taken out of context,' spokeswoman says The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Trump escalates border fight with emergency declaration Ex-federal prosecutor: I would have 'owned' wearing a wire to record Trump MORE in the aftermath of Trump’s firing of FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyMcCabe's 25th Amendment comments 'taken out of context,' spokeswoman says Ex-federal prosecutor: I would have 'owned' wearing a wire to record Trump Ex-federal prosecutor: 'Thank God' Whitaker is gone, Barr will bring 'integrity' back to DOJ MORE.

They wrote that he discussed recruiting Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war McCabe book: Sessions once said FBI was better off when it 'only hired Irishmen' 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.