Hours after a New York Times report stating that a top Justice Department official raised the possibility of secretly recording him, President Donald Trump said he plans to get rid of a “lingering stench” inside the government agency.
“You’ve seen what happened in the FBI and the Department of Justice. The bad ones, they’re all gone. They’re all gone,” Trump said at a rally in Missouri, according to the Associated Press.
Trump was likely referencing FBI director James Comey and deputy director Andrew McCabe.
“But there is a lingering stench and we’re going to get rid of that, too,” the president added.
The New York Times reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talked about wearing a wire and deploying the 25thAmendment to declare Trump as unfit for office.
Rosenstein, who has oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, criticized the New York Times story as “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”
Rosenstein appointed Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. The move angered Trump, who has spent months ridiculing Sessions publicly and privately.
Trump was in Missouri to lend a hand to Josh Hawley, the state attorney general who is the GOP challenger to US Sen. Claire McCaskill, the Democratic incumbent.
At the rally, Trump talked up his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh was accused by Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault at a high school party 35 years ago. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
Trump, accused of multiple sexual assaults, called Kavanaugh a “fantastic” man who will be confirmed to the court. Earlier in the day, Trump took to Twitter to question the claims of Blasey Ford.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said Friday night on Twitter that Blasey Ford could have more time to go over the terms of her appearing in front of the committee.
The committee had initially pushed for Ford to meet a Friday night deadline to respond, or the committee would vote on Kavanaugh on Monday. The committee votes on a Supreme Court nomination before it’s sent to the full US Senate.
Material from Associated Press was used in this report.