Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects to be fired

Darnell Taylor
Сентября 25, 2018

"At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. Unlike Trump, who frequently bashes Mueller's investigation, Rosenstein fully supported Mueller's ongoing probe.

Trump appointed Rosenstein as deputy attorney general but had expressed extreme frustration with him for months, partly over his decision to hire Mueller a year ago.

The White House says President Trump and his embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spoke Monday and will meet Thursday at the White House amid uncertainty about Rosenstein's fate.

In the wake of the Times report, Democrats have warned Trump not to remove Rosenstein.

Axios, citing an unidentified source with knowledge of the matter, reported that Rosenstein verbally resigned to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

That would have seen the president kicked out of the White House because of an unspecified "impairment" and Vice President Mike Pence take over his job.

Rosenstein has been the target of President Donald Trump's public ire and private threats for months, but his uncertainty about his future deepened, following the revelation Friday that memos written by former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe said that in May 2017, Rosenstein suggested secretly recording the president and trying to muster support for invoking the 25th amendment to replace Trump.

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Rosenstein denied the report. It is now conceivable that Trump could derail, or at least significantly impede, the investigation, although even some of his biggest supporters concede that would not be a good look. But let me clear about this: "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment".

And the White House reports that Trump, who's now in New York City for a United Nations gathering, spoke with Rosenstein Monday and will meet with him Thursday at the White House. But most people have reportedly been in favor of not firing Rosenstein.

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. Others suggested restraint while seeing if the report was incorrect or if it was planted by some adversary. He dispatched his former bodyguard to fire former FBI Director James Comey - though Comey was out of town.

Mr Rosenstein appointed Mr Mueller and oversees his investigation.

He was also accused of making critical comments about the U.S. president.

Should Rosenstein resign or be fired, oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe would be passed to Solicitor General Noel Francisco, according to the Justice Department. "I sacrificed personally and professionally to help put the investigation on a proper course and subsequently made every effort to protect it".

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