We’re starting to see the consequences of President Trump's war with his own Justice Department and the intelligence community, sources tell Jonathan Swan and me.
- His constant disparagement of the FBI has left heaps of grievances among current and former officials — many of whom have extensive documentation that could cause massive problems for him as it dribbles out.
- A former administration official said: “It’s a 'Deep State' he created. Whether it existed before or not, it does now.”
Yesterday's astonishing leak: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration," and discussed the possible invocation of the 25th amendment, per the N.Y. Times.
- "[M]emos written by F.B.I. officials, including Andrew G. McCabe, then the acting bureau director, ... documented Mr. Rosenstein’s actions."
Why it matters, from a top Republican: “There is not a cohesive Executive Branch that is carrying out the president’s orders and that is focused on the president’s policy goals. That doesn’t exist.”
The fallout ... Rosenstein's denial, which convinced no one: "I never pursued or authorized recording the President and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the President is absolutely false."
- Trump last night at a rally in Missouri: "You've seen what happened in the FBI and the Department of Justice. The bad ones, they're all gone. They're all gone ... But there is a lingering stench and we're going to get rid of that, too."
Be smart: The leak is a tiny indication of how much special counsel Robert Mueller knows that we don't — and has known for months.
- P.S. Book coming Dec. 4 ... Andrew McCabe, "The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump"