According to the report, which Rosenstein strongly denied Friday, the deputy attorney general also suggested wearing a wire during encounters with the president while proposing the recruitment of other administration officials to support the president's removal.
He made the comment hours after the New York Times reported that Rosenstein had discussed recruiting members of Trump's cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment against the president in the days following FBI Director James Comey's dismissal. According to the Times, Rosenstein told four Justice Department officials, plus then-Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe, that the president wasn't taking the process seriously.
The Times says Rosenstein was upset about how the president fired Comey.
Rosenstein denied the Times story as "inaccurate and factually incorrect" in a statement that also blamed anonymous sources promoting personal agendas.
Trump's Showdown goes on to detail how the fallout from the firing would ultimately lead to Rosenstein appointing Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to lead the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.
Shortly after the Times' story was published, ABC News confirmed the report with their own sources who were familiar with the memos.
The remarkable details of the memos - whether a wholly accurate reflection of all that transpired or not - could further imperil Rosenstein's delicate standing within the Trump administration.More news: Klopp: Salah is in form
The events the Times describes came on the heels of Rosenstein's unfortunate participation in Comey's firing.
It was the latest storm to buffet the White House, which this week was battered by a number of potentially damaging stories.
The NYT said that Rosenstein's comments were reflected in Federal Bureau of Investigation memos including from former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
On a brisk May day, Rosenstein and his boss, Sessions, joined Trump in the Oval Office, where the President informed them of his plan to oust Comey.
"He's do that knowing that the story might cause the president to fire Rod Rosenstein-Democrats have long argued that firing Rosenstein would constitute obstruction of justice, that's an impeachable offense", Carlson said. In his statement, Rosenstein said he wanted to be clear about one big point: "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment". But one person who was present said Rosenstein was just being sarcastic.
"Mr. Rosenstein, give Congress the McCabe memos that we asked for in July and all the other documents we've requested so we can all judge for ourselves", tweeted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the found of the caucus.
The White House has not commented on the Rosenstein story. "I would never suggest this, but I will tell you, oy, they're so lucky that we're peaceful". Other sources tell the Times he was serious. This was one week after FBI Director James Comey was sacked by the president, and one day before Special Counsel Mueller investigation was brought in to oversee an inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigations into Russian interference and the Trump campaign in March 2017, leaving Rosenstein to oversee the matter.