Notably, not people who actually heard/witnessed this themselves.
"The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", he told the paper.
"I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the Department and are advancing their own personal agenda", Rosenstein said.
He noted that Rosenstein never specifically denied bringing up the 25th amendment, merely that he now sees "no basis" to invoke it now.
One source said that Rosenstein made a remark about wearing a wire, but said he was being sarcastic. Mr. Rosenstein appeared conflicted, regretful and emotional, according to people who spoke with him at the time.
"I know him enough to know that he knows the 25th Amendment is about incapacity", said James Trusty, a former senior DOJ official and friend of Rosenstein.
McCabe, who declined to comment for the article, released a statement through his lawyer, Michael Bromwich after the article was published.
But a week later, on May 17, 2017, Rosenstein appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to oversee a federal investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with Trump campaign associates in the 2016 presidential election. "He has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos", Bromwich added.
Days after ascending to the role of the nation's No. 2 law enforcement officer, Rosenstein was thrust into a crisis.
Mr Rosenstein has been a frequent punching bag for Trump supporters for appointing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017 to take over a federal probe of suspected Russian meddling in the United States election and potential coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
Rosenstein shot down the story in a statement. "You own this debacle".
According to a report from the Daily Beast, aides were waiting to see how "volcanic" Trump's reaction would be. "Prior to this, I was one of the people telling Trump he should not be removed..."
Trump says the investigation is a "witch hunt" and has frequently targeted Rosenstein. A handful of politicians and law enforcement officials, including McCabe, were under consideration.
Norm Eisen of the pro-Democrat advocacy group CREW was quick to defend Rosenstein and point the finger at McCabe. It shows an administration in disarray.
"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 suggestion itself was remarkable.
In the end, the proposals attributed to Rosenstein "went nowhere", the report said.
Trump Jr. has likely linked Rosenstein to the opinion piece because of the connection around the 25th Amendment. "Given the instability many witnessed, there were early whispers within the cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, which would start a complex process for removing the president", wrote the unnamed official.