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Rod Rosenstein expecting to be fired, reports of resigning

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President
Donald Trump apparently knew about the indictment of 12 Russian
nationals as part of the Mueller probe yet still referred to the
investigation as a “witch hunt” on Friday.

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  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects to be
    fired Monday, according to multiple reports.
  • Axios reported that he verbally resigned Monday in a
    conversation with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly in
    anticipation of being fired by the president.
  • This comes just days after The New York Times
    reported Rosenstein had discussed wearing a wire to
    secretly record the president and invoking the 25th
    Amendment. 

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects to leave his
job on Monday, according to multiple reports. While some news
outlets reported that Rosenstein is preparing to be fired by
President Donald Trump, others reported Monday morning that
Rosenstein met with White House chief of staff John Kelly and
resigned in anticipation of being fired by President Donald
Trump.


Axios first reported
that Rosenstein “verbally” resigned to
Kelly, and
The Washington Post reported
that he had offered to resign.
Other
outlets
, however, suggested he was preparing to be dismissed
by the president.

Multiple reports said he was en route to the White
House.

The stunning development comes just days after
The New York Times reported
 Rosenstein had
discussed wearing a wire to secretly record the president and
invoking the 25th Amendment

Trump said during a Monday morning interview with conservative
commentator Geraldo Rivera that he had not yet made a decision on
whether to get rid of Rosenstein, who oversees the special
counsel’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump
campaign and the Russian government. 

“I don’t want to comment on it until I get all the facts,” the
president said of the reports about Rosenstein’s conduct. “If
anything took place, and I’ll make a determination sometime
later.”

Rosenstein first raised the question of the 25th amendment and
considered wearing a wire in the spring of 2017, The Times said,
citing sources in the Department of Justice and FBI who were
present in conversations with Rosenstein or were briefed on memos
that former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote about Rosenstein.

But the Washington Post later reported that Rosenstein’s
comment about wearing a wire was made sarcastically, after McCabe
pushed for the DOJ to investigate Trump.

Rosenstein issued a broad denial of the Times’ reporting, calling
the story “inaccurate and factually incorrect,” and said in a
statement to the Times that, based on his “personal dealings”
with the president, there is no basis to remove him from office.

Rosenstein also claimed that the anonymous sources cited in the
story are motivated by anti-DOJ sentiment and their own “personal
agenda.”

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. Other Republicans, including lawmakers in Washington,
urged caution and discouraged the president from taking the
report seriously.

“When it comes to President @realDonaldTrump….. BEWARE of
anything coming out of the @nytimes,” Republican Sen. Lindsey
Graham tweeted.

Trump has regularly targeted both Rosenstein and Attorney General
Jeff Sessions since the special counsel Robert Mueller was first
tapped last May to oversee the FBI’s investigation into possible
collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign,
as well as possible obstruction of justice committed by the
president when he fired FBI Director James Comey last year.

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