Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein quits before Trump can fire him

Lloyd Doyle
September 25, 2018

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump and Rosenstein had "an extended conversation" Monday at Rosenstein's request "to discuss the recent news stories".

One Trump adviser said that the president has not been pressuring Rosenstein to leave, but that his resignation was a topic of private discussions all weekend. Rosenstein said he thought he would be able to persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to sign on, according to the sources.

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.

After being accused by Jordan of "hiding" information, Rosenstein wagged his finger at the congressman and said his department was "working around the clock" and only interested in truth.

The White House used Rosenstein's memo to justify Comey's firing. Rosenstein has denied those claims. If he's removed it could be the precursor to Trump maneuvering to put an end to the investigation. And Trump's behavior had prompted "whispers" in the Cabinet of invoking the 25th Amendment, a move that was backed away from due to concerns it would "precipitate a constitutional crisis", the writer said.

The move comes just six weeks ahead of the November 6 congressional elections, and could become an explosive political issue as Trump's fellow Republicans try to keep control of Congress. He angrily asked confidants, both inside and outside the White House, how to respond.

Noel Francisco, the solicitor general, would take on oversight of Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Other outlets have reported that the remarks were made in jest.

The next day at the hearing, Rosenstein tried to keep Democrats happy by defending Mueller, saying it would have been "difficult to find anyone more qualified" for the role of special counsel.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May of past year after Sessions, who ordinarily would have overseen the investigation, recused himself because of his close involvement in the Trump campaign.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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