Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly resigns

Rod Rosenstein

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein has been summoned to the White House where he is expecting to be fired by President Donald Trump.

Rosenstein has spent much of the last 18 months trying to walk a fine line between keeping the Trump administration happy and facilitating the Russian Federation investigation without appearing to be biased.

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

Instead, the White House said that Rosenstein and Trump would meet Thursday after the president's return to Washington, suggesting the deputy attorney general may be in his job for at least several more days.

While Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Monday, invoking the firing of top DOJ officials during the Nixon presidency, warned the latest development's had the feeling of a "slow-moving Saturday night massacre", all of the rapid-fire and conflicting speculation about whether Rosenstein would resign or be fired turned out to be premature.

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

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Rosenstein twice denied the report. If he resigns, Trump has more leeway in choosing Rosenstein's successor - giving him the option of installing a loyalist who could hamstring, or even end, Mueller's probe altogether. But let me be clear about this: "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment".

Some news organizations reported that Rosenstein had submitted a verbal resignation to White House officials. Other outlets have reported that the remarks were made in jest.

Others involved in those May 2017 discussions said Rosenstein's comments about secretly recording the president were sarcastic and came as McCabe was pressing the Justice Department to investigate the president's firing of Comey as possible obstruction of justice. He received mixed messages.

With Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's ouster, Solicitor General Noel Francisco is slated to oversee the Robert Mueller probe under the Justice Department's succession plan.

Update 3: Now there are more sources saying he won't resign and will force Trump to fire him.

Rosenstein now oversees Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, as a result of Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the overseeing the probe in 2017.


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