Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Rod Rosenstein Is Planning to Resign

Rod Rosenstein Is Planning to Resign

Rod Rosenstein, the United States deputy attorney general who oversees the Russian Federation investigation, is expected to leave his post on Monday after a bombshell news report that he discussed removing Donald Trump from office.

Mr Rosenstein verbally resigned to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, Axios reported, citing an unidentified source with knowledge of the matter.

Rosenstein has been the target of Trump's public ire and private threats for months, but uncertainty about his future deepened after it was revealed on Friday (Saturday NZT) that memos written by Andrew McCabe when he was Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director said that in May 2017, Rosenstein suggested secretly recording the president and trying to muster support for invoking the 25th Amendment to replace him.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders also confirmed that Rosenstein was still on duty, but said that he and Trump had spoken Monday and would meet on Thursday in Washington.

He has said he will not resign and that the White House would have to sack him, NBC reported.

His impending resignation follows a bombshell New York Times report that Rosenstein had secretly taping conversations with President Donald Trump.

In the wake of the Times report, Democrats have warned Trump not to remove Rosenstein. It's possible Mr. Trump would use the Vacancies Reform Act to appoint a new acting deputy attorney general.

Trump has faced mounting pressure from the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

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The messages were mixed, but more were in favour of containing the urge to fire Rosenstein, a move that would declare open warfare with the Justice Department and cast doubt on the future of the special counsel's Russian Federation probe, according to two people familiar with the exchanges but not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.

Thompson did not immediately reply to a request on Monday for comment on Cummings' latest request.

Then, several other news organizations began to report that Rod Rosenstein had not submitted his resignation but was expecting to be fired. Some urged him to fire Rosenstein. "Justice Department officials told reporters that Mr. Rosenstein expected to be fired upon arriving there". Whatever the plans have been are now postponed until Thursday at the earliest, when Trump and Rosenstein are set to meet. There will likely be another update today, as this war for our Deputy Attorney General's job plays out in the media.

"It's a bill that I ultimately want to see passed for the future, but it's not something I'd put on the front-burner", Tillis told CNN. But let me be clear about this: "based on my personal dealing with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment", he said in a statement.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) are cautioning against firing Rosenstein for now.

The report "must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt objective of firing Rosenstein in order to install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted.

The Senate previously crafted legislation that would give added protections to Mueller if he were to try and be fired, but it didn't go far enough to protect Rosenstein or put protections in place for Mueller if his replacement meddles in the probe. "Nothing like a Constitutional crisis to distract from a Supreme Court Confirmation crisis", he tweeted.

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