Rosenstein denied the Times story as "inaccurate and factually incorrect" in a statement that also blamed anonymous sources promoting personal agendas.
Two weeks ago, the New York Times opinions section ran a widely read op-ed by an anonymous senior Trump administration official who reported that there had been discussion of invoking the 25th Amendment against President Trump. He also went as far as to suggest recording the President's own words within the White House in order to expose what he considered was chaotic behavior by Mr. Trump.
None of the Times' sources are named - except one: Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, or rather his memos about the meetings with Rosenstein and other officials.
"Andy McCabe is under investigation for lying to the FBI. He has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos". But let me be clear about this: "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25thAmendment".
On Sept. 5, The New York Times published an op-ed titled, "I am Part of the Resistance Inside the Trump Administration". In the piece, the author writes that in the White House, there are "adults in the room", they recognize what is happening and are "trying to do what's right even when Donald Trump won't".
Mr. Rosenstein made the remarks about secretly recording Mr. Trump and about the 25th Amendment in meetings and conversations with other Justice Department and F.B.I. officials.
The Times' report speculates on motives, saying the president was "viewed as ineffectively conducting his duties".
Rosenstein has been a target of Trump's ire since appointing Robert Mueller as a Justice Department special counsel to investigate potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.
On Friday, Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., tweeted the Times' story and said: "Shocked!" But Mr. Rosenstein was caught off guard when Mr. Trump cited the memo in the firing, and he began telling people that he feared he had been used.
Per the Times: "A Justice Department spokeswoman also provided a statement from a person who was present when Mr. Rosenstein proposed wearing a wire".
Trump frequently attacks the investigation, describing it as a "witch hunt" conjured up by his political opponents to undermine his presidency.
Rosenstein assumed oversight of the federal investigation into Russia's election interference past year, after Sessions recused himself due to his own contacts with Russian officials during the campaign. One participant asked whether Mr. Rosenstein was serious, and he replied animatedly that he was. "No one knew this was coming and I'm unsure what is going to happen, but most people here are talking about the very real possibility that Rod is on his way out", a Department of Justice official said.