Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, reportedly leaving post

Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, reportedly leaving post

Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, reportedly leaving post

TV news outlets waited breathlessly this morning for news about the fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein with word he was on his way to the White House, after discussing his resignation with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Saturday.

The White House says Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday, following news reports that the senior Justice Department official was expecting to be fired.

The development comes just days after reports that in the days after the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein had raised the idea of secretly recording President Donald Trump and of invoking the 25th Amendment to have the Cabinet remove the president from office.

The reports come as Trump faces mounting pressure from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested resigning so he wouldn't have to testify to Congress about claims that he wanted to remove Trump from office. After all, Trump told Geraldo Rivera in an interview set to air Monday that he wouldn't fire Rosenstein until he had "all of the facts".

On Friday, The New York Times published a bombshell report alleging Rosenstein raised the prospect during a meeting with multiple Federal Bureau of Investigation officials of taping President Trump without his knowledge "to expose the chaos consuming the administration".

Spending the weekend at his New Jersey golf course, Trump continued to ask allies about the reports and fumed about the involvement of McCabe, whom the president has long believed conspired against him.

Trump is well-known as a gigantic coward who can't fire people in person, and he is a creature who can only understand the human experience through major media, so this looks like a full-court PR press to pressure Rosenstein into resigning, so Trump can appoint a stooge to oversee the Mueller investigation.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel and oversees the Mueller probe.

Immediately following the publication of the Times story last Friday, some of Trump's favorite far-right influencers, including Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro, called for Rosenstein's immediate firing.

Amid the latest fears of a high-level "bureaucratic coup", Mr. Trump is vowing to weed out the "lingering stench" of hostility toward him that he says exists inside the Justice Department.

Pompeo, who has been steadfastly loyal to Trump in public and who earlier headed the Central Intelligence Agency, said that the administration needed all staffers "engaged in helping achieve President Trump's mission".

According to CNN and the Associated Press, Rosenstein anticipated being fired today.

Rosenstein oversees the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation. In that way, Mueller may be able to protect the investigation itself and the cases he's pursued, even if Trump does his best to intervene.

Rosenstein's decisions, including the renewal of a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser, have prompted furious Twitter outbursts from the president.

Mr Trump has regularly dismissed the investigation as a "witch hunt". Lawmaker Paul Gosar at one point described the deputy attorney general and former Justice Department officials as "traitors to our nation". "Nothing like a Constitutional crisis to distract from a Supreme Court Confirmation crisis", he tweeted.

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