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WATCH: Fox News host lays out elaborate conspiracy theory claiming NYT’s Rod Rosenstein report is a ‘trap’ for Trump

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson is suspicious of the New York Times report that deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed wearing a wire to record some of the president’s unhinged rants so that he could persuade the rest of the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office.

Carlson referred to the plan to follow the Constitution “a coup.”

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“Rosenstein has denied this story but almost no one in Washington seems to believe him,” Carlson said. “That’s not surprising, Rosenstein is not a partiluclar popular person here.”

But, Carlson warned, Trump supporters and his administration should be wary of the report, which may be a plot to destroy the president.

“None of that means the story is true,” he said. “Before you decide whether it is, consider where it came from and why it was published now.”

Carlson then went on to lay out a theory that the leak came from former acting FBI acting director Andrew McCabe and was part of a plot to bait Trump into overreacting.

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“He has every incentive to want to see the president impeached,” Carlson said of McCabe. “How could he get the president impeached? Well, he might start by leaking this story.”

Carlson laid out his theory that McCabe has been leaking to the New York Times reporter behind today’s bombshell “for a long time.”

“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. “Even if thy don’t impeach, the story would doubtlessly drive the president crazy and sow division in the White House. Perfect, a punji stick stuck right in Trump’s path.”

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Carlson said that the situation appeared to be the president’s enemies giving him advice, and that he should steer clear.

“If you were laying a trap for Donald Trump, this might be exactly how you were doing it,” he said.

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