US president vows to rid Justice Department of lingering stench

US president vows to rid Justice  Department of lingering stench

Springfield - Trump, speaking at a rally in Missouri on Friday, did not explicitly mention the Rosenstein furor.



By AP

Published: Sat 22 Sep 2018, 11:00 PM

Last updated: Sun 23 Sep 2018, 1:08 AM

President Donald Trump has issued an ominous warning about the Justice Department and the FBI, promising further firings to get rid of a "lingering stench" following reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording the president.
Trump, speaking at a rally in Missouri on Friday, did not explicitly mention the Rosenstein furor, which was first reported by The New York Times .
But the US president lashed out against what he sees as anti-Trump bias in the Justice Department, touting the firings he has orchestrated, unnerving many in federal law enforcement and sparking fears about the future of the special counsel's Russia probe, which Rosenstein oversees.
"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. "But there is a lingering stench and we're going to get rid of that, too."
One person present during Rosenstein's remarks said he was being sarcastic.
The Times also said he raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove the US president as unfit for office. Rosenstein said the story is "inaccurate and factually incorrect."
It was the latest storm to buffet the White House, which this week was battered by a number of potentially damaging stories.


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