Pompeo was asked by "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace about a New York Times report that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein a year ago suggested secretly recording President Trump to expose chaos in the White House and enlisting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
"Fox News Sunday" anchor Chris Wallace asks Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein reportedly talking about secretly recording President Trump.
Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, also reportedly told McCabe he could potentially persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
The 25th Amendment allows for a majority of the president's cabinet, or "such other body as Congress may by law provide", to decide if an Oval Office occupant is unable to carry out his duties - and then to put it to a full congressional vote.
According to the NYT, the Deputy attorney General told representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the DOJ that the results of the secret listening can be used to expose the chaos in the administration of the trump.
McCabe's memos memorialized Rosenstein's proposition, which was made soon after FBI Director James B. Comey was sacked by Trump. In this meeting, Rosenstein again raised the idea of putting a wire on someone to record Trump, the sources said.
The reports about Rosenstein created even greater uncertainty about his future at a time when Trump has lambasted Justice Department leadership and publicly humiliated both Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Mr Trump told a rally in Missouri on Friday evening that there was a "lingering stench" about what was being exposed at the US Justice Department. He said the bad ones are gone, "but there's a lingering stench and we're going to get rid of that, too".
McCabe's lawyer, Michael Bromwich, said in a statement that his client had drafted memos to "memorialize significant discussions he had with high level officials and preserved them so he would have an accurate, contemporaneous record of those discussions".
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. Rosenstein, they told the Times, was out to get the president.
How did Christine Ford not remember her "lifelong friend" in her letter?
It will not include other witnesses nor has it been decided whether staff attorneys or senators will ask the questions. Meanwhile, Republicans viewed Ms Ford's requests as a way to delay voting on President Donald Trump's nominee.
Also on Friday night, the Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham, Jeanine Pirro and Gregg Jarrett advocated firing Rosenstein. The person said Rosenstein made the remark sarcastically.
News organizations reported differing accounts Monday morning, including that Rosenstein resigned, that he was sacked, and that he was leaving the administration.
Is there any talk of invoking the 25th Amendment?
Rosenstein issued a swift denial. Absolutely Shocked! Ohhh, who are we kidding at this point?
President Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement: "This story must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt goal of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order to install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation".
Rosenstein has invited the ire of Democrats and Republicans alike.
Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein in July for what they alleged is his failure to hand over documents to Congress about the Russian Federation investigation.