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Rosenstein Laughs When Asked if He Offered to Wear a Wire Around Trump

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein listens was Attorney General William Barr speaks about the release of a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report during a news conference, Thursday, April 18, 2019, at the Department of Justice in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON — Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein laughed when asked if offered to wear a wire around President Donald Trump in the White House, as former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe has claimed.

In February, McCabe described some of his conversations with Rosenstein in the aftermath of FBI Director James Comey’s firing.

“We talked about why the president had insisted on firing the director and whether or not he was thinking about the Russia investigation and did that impact his decision and in the context of that conversation, the deputy attorney general offered to wear a wire into the White House. He said, ‘I never get searched when I go into the White House. I could easily wear a recording device. They wouldn’t know it was there.’ Now, he was not joking,” McCabe said during a 60 Minutes interview.

“He was absolutely serious. And in fact, he brought it up in the next meeting we had. I never actually considered taking him up on the offer. I did discuss it with my general counsel and my leadership team back at the FBI after he brought it up the first time,” McCabe added.

Rosenstein’s last day at the Department of Justice was Friday. On Thursday, Rosenstein was asked if he had offered to wear a wire around Trump but he declined to comment.