Rod Rosenstein Is Planning to Resign

Pauline Gross
September 25, 2018

This means that the White House could be trying to get word out that Rosenstein resigned as part of a spin campaign to justify Trump being given total power to appoint his replacement.

His impending resignation follows a bombshell New York Times report that Rosenstein had secretly taping conversations with President Donald Trump. The Washington Post, Bloomberg, and CNN also reported that Rosenstein had offered to resign.

He has met with chief of staff John Kelly.

As Mark Sumner of Daily Kos wrote, Rosenstein's order authorizing Robert Mueller to expand his probe into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort likely contains language allowing the special counsel to investigate the president's business dealings. Rosenstein appointed Mueller and oversees his investigation.

From their false FISA surveillance scandal to their hearing with FBI Agent Peter Strzork to the effort to oust Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Trump, House Republicans, and conservative media tried to thwart the Mueller probe, which the President is a subject of.

Rosenstein was expected to have to testify before Congress about those conversations. He also told White House Counsel Don McGahn that he was considering doing so.

Rosenstein and Sessions said in the letter the FBI's "reputation and credibility" had suffered as a result.

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Speculation over the future of USA deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein ramped up sharply this morning, amid media reports he would quit or be fired during a visit to the White House.

Yet other legal experts said the New York Times report claiming that Rosenstein sought to record or remove Trump gives the president ample reason to fire him without it bearing on an obstruction case. Sanders said they would meet on Thursday when Trump returns to Washington from United Nations General Assembly events.

It's unclear what will happen Thursday. President Donald Trump fired James Comey as director the week before, the sources said.

Just last Friday, Trump referred in a speech to supporters to a "lingering stench" at the Justice Department that he would soon eradicate.

"Any attempt by the White House to subvert or manipulate law enforcement should be resisted", he said. Some urged him to fire Rosenstein. Others suggested restraint while seeing if the report was incorrect or if it was planted by some adversary.

Trump is now in NY for the United Nations General Assembly, so the two will meet Thursday "when the President returns to Washington, D.C".

Rosenstein has defended Mueller and been a target of Trump since he assumed supervision of the Russian Federation investigation after his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself because of his own contacts with Russia's ambassador to Washington while serving as a Trump campaign adviser became public.

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