Rod Rosenstein Has Verbally Resigned To John Kelly

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Axios reported Monday, citing two sources familiar with the matter, that Rosenstein, who was at the White House Monday for a previously scheduled meeting, expects to be fired in response to a story claiming past year he suggested wearing a wire against Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

"The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", Mr. Rosenstein said in a statement.

WASHINGTON-President Donald Trump will meet later this week with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the White House said Monday amid indications that Rosenstein was about to lose his job.

Rosenstein even offered to meet with Trump late on Friday afternoon, the report noted, but White House chief of staff John Kelly told him that wasn't necessary.

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 Rosenstein furor, kicked off by unconfirmed reports that he had verbally resigned, underscored the mounting tension in the White House over the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election. The word from Williams on MSNBC was that the White House was saying Rosenstein will resign, and the Justice Department was saying he would not resign.

The move comes after reports that Mr Rosenstein suggested to colleagues a year ago that he would secretly record conversations with President Donald Trump.

Mr. Rosenstein's alleged comments were first reported Friday by The New York Times, citing sources familiar with the conversations or with Mr. McCabe's subsequent memos.

Rosenstein is in charge of the Russian Federation investigation since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from that, and Democrats say Trump would be obstructing the investigation if he fires Rosenstein.

In May, Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to look into Russian interference.

A Justice Department spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump, who is in NY for the U.N. General Assembly, told reporters he would meet with Rosenstein on Thursday when he returns to Washington. "We need everyone who's engaged in helping achieve President Trump's mission", he said.

The Trump-Rosenstein meeting will be on the same day as an extraordinary Senate committee hearing featuring Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school.

"If anything took place and I'll make a determination sometime later, but I don't have the facts".

Some Republican lawmakers on Monday expressed concern over the possibility that Rosenstein could be fired, but did not join in the calls from Democratic lawmakers to advance legislation.

Rosenstein's apparent reluctance to hamper Mueller's probe has long fed suspicions that Trump might try to delegate authority over the probe to more pliant subordinate - a scenario that came into fuller focus with rumors of Rosenstein's impending departure.

Maher joked, "Now that the 25th Amendment, the one about removing a president who's incapacitated, keeps popping up in the news, someone has to explain to me if it was written specifically for this guy, then who is it for?"

While his White House has been marked with unprecedented staff turnover, Trump has often left the task to deputies, including Kelly. "Don't put this country through a constitutional crisis".

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