Rosenstein resigns, expected to be fired by Trump

Frederick Owens
September 24, 2018

"If Rosenstein is involved, he should be fired". The deputy attorney general has strongly denied those reports. If Rosenstein is fired it limits Trump's options.

The administration official, whom Trump has called for a federal investigation to unmask, wrote that there was a group of officials working to safeguard the country from the president's most risky impulses. "That's how he views his attorney general".

Rosenstein issued a pair of denials, saying The Times report is inaccurate. He also reportedly raised the possibility of invoking the 25th amendment, which would remove the president from office on the grounds of mental incapacity.

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A Justice Department spokesperson later said that the deputy attorney general did in fact mention wearing a wire but that he did so sarcastically and never meant to follow up his words with actions. Others suggested restraint while seeing if the report was incorrect or if it was planted by some adversary.

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Leading Republican lawmakers say the president is unlikely to simply forget about the issue. "Give Rod a chance to explain whether it's true and the context in which it was said".

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The latest episode adds more fuel to the battle between Mr. Trump and the Justice Department.

Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during the Bureau of Justice Assistance's rollout for the "Fentanyl: The Real Deal" training video in Washington, U.S., August 30, 2018.

Trump's former longtime fixer and attorney, his onetime campaign chairman, vice chairman, national security adviser and others have pleaded guilty or been convicted, although so far no one has been charged with conspiring directly with the Russian attack on the 2016 election. At that moment, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was deeply suspicious of Rosenstein's role in the decision, and the Justice Department was anxious it had lost credibility with Congress for giving Trump a memo that said the Federal Bureau of Investigation needed new leadership.

Rosenstein past year talked with other officials about invoking the 25th Amendment and wearing a wire during meetings with Trump.

The development comes three days after news reports indicating that previous year Rosenstein had raised the idea of secretly recording Trump and of invoking the Constitution to have his Cabinet remove him from office. I don't want to comment on it until I get all the facts. "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" he has written. Ingraham - who'd earlier declared on Twitter "He needs to go". "And I hope that everyone in every agency: DOJ, FBI, State Department is on that mission".

Rosenstein served in the Justice Department for almost three decades.

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