UNITED STATES—Judicial Watch announced on September 23, they acquired a two-page memo from May 16, 2017, via former acting Deputy Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, with specific details on how then Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein proposed wearing a wiretap into the White House while meeting with President Trump “to collect additional evidence of the President’s true intentions.”
McCabe quoted Rosenstein indicating that he thought it was okay to wear a wire because he “was not searched upon entering the White House.”
The meeting was held in Rosenstein’s office on May 16, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. Those in attendance included Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG) Tashina Gauhar, Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General, Jim Crowell.
The President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton made the following statement on their website:
“This incredible memo details the conflicted and conniving coup effort against President Trump. It is astonishing and shocking McCabe thought he could have the FBI conduct a ‘counterintelligence’ operation on the president and Rosenstein thought it would be appropriate to wear a wire to secretly record President Trump in the Oval Office. That the DOJ and FBI sat on this smoking gun for a year shows the need for urgent house cleaning at those agencies.”
A press release from the Judicial Watch website details the timeline filed for a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit in February 2019 after the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI failed to respond to the September 2, 2018, FOIA request for documents citing the 25th Amendment and regarding the discussions to secretly record President Trump in the oval office. Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No.1:19-CV-003).
Through the same FOIA lawsuit, Judicial Watch noted that there was information collected regarding a classified conversation between President Trump and Former FBI Director James Comey that transpired at Comey’s home. The new documentation disclosed McCabe’s conflict of interest due to his wife’s political campaign that was reportedly taking in hundreds of thousands of dollars from former Virginia Governor, Terrence McAuliffe, the latter of whom reportedly had close ties to the Clintons.