Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Exiting Job

Trump wants to rid Justice Department of 'lingering stench&apos

Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general overseeing the probe into alleged collusion between Russian Federation and President Donald Trump, was about to resign or be fired on Monday, September 24, usa media reported.

It comes three days after Mr Rosenstein was reported to have suggested the idea of secretly recording Mr Trump a year ago to expose chaos within the White House.

Some have said Rosenstein was "joking" when he allegedly spoke about wearing a wire or pressing cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Donald Trump from office.

Rosenstein denied the allegations made in the New York Times, although he has long clashed with Donald Trump.

The Times also reported Monday that Trump could even refuse to accept Rosenstein's resignation, or hold off from firing him. Rosenstein oversees the Bob Mueller Russia investigation.

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A second source told news site Axios that Mr Rosenstein is "expecting to be fired so he plans to step down".

Sessions withdrew from the Russian Federation inquiry soon after he took office, to Trump's dismay, and Rosenstein later appointed Mueller. Ted Cruz and dozens of other lawyers before working at the Bush White House in the mid 2000s.

McCabe memorialised discussions he had with Rosenstein and other senior officials in the stress-packed days immediately following James Comey's firing as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Any firing or resignation spells immediate uncertainty for an investigation that Rosenstein oversees and would place that responsibility in the hands of a replacement who Democrats fear would be less respectful of Mueller's independence and mandate.

CHRIS WATTIE/REUTERS/NewscomDeputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is reportedly out as the Justice Department's number-two man. The memos, which detailed McCabe's interactions with President Trump and other high-level officials, were later turned over to the special counsel.

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It follows reports Friday that Rosenstein floated the idea of secretly recording Trump past year and that he raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump as unfit for office.

One source who was in the room told Fox News the "statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president".

One of Rosenstein's first major acts as deputy attorney general was also one of his most controversial.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose private memos document comments allegedly made by Rosenstein, said Monday he was concerned that a Rosenstein departure would put the investigation at risk.

This is key because due to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal, the Deputy Attorney General has the power to intervene and challenge Mueller's actions, prematurely end the probe, and/or limit its scope. Some urged him to fire Rosenstein.

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Amid the latest fears of a high-level "bureaucratic coup", Mr. Trump is vowing to weed out the "lingering stench" of hostility toward him that he says exists inside the Justice Department. You can read it to see why it's important for him to stay on as Deputy Attorney General, what would happen if he were to be fired, and why it would be politically foolish for Trump to fire Rosenstein ahead of the midterms.

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