WSJ Columnist: Democrats' Strategy Is to 'Create Chaos' Around the Trump Presidency
Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor of the editorial page, said the Democratic Party's strategy heading into November's midterm elections is to "create chaos" around the Trump presidency, in order to suppress Republican turnout.
On "Outnumbered Overtime" Monday, Henninger said whether it's rumors about President Trump's possibly imminent firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or new accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Democrats want to portray an administration in the midst of "anarchy."
According to the White House, Trump is scheduled on Thursday to meet with Rosenstein, who reportedly suggested secretly recording Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office. Rosenstein has denied those claims.
Henninger said it's "absurd" to believe that Rosenstein suggested using the 25th Amendment, even as a joke.
"No one as serious as Rod Rosenstein would consider using the 25 Amendment unless the president was incapacitated, which suggests to me this was basically a made up story," Henninger said.
He added that there's nothing wrong with Trump wanting to speak with Rosenstein at the White House given the "volatility" of the situation.
Investigative reporter Judith Miller said it's less likely that the Rosenstein reports are "totally fabricated" and more likely that information is being leaked for political and partisan purposes.
She warned that if Trump fires Rosenstein, it would give more ammunition to those who allege that he has been obstructing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, which Rosenstein is overseeing.
"That's a political danger for him, if not a legal one."
Watch more from the "Outnumbered Overtime" panel above.