Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

If Rosenstein is fired, here's what will happen

If Rosenstein is fired, here's what will happen

The House Judiciary Committee's top-ranking Democrat says President Donald Trump could add to a case of obstructing justice if he were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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

The White House says President Trump and his embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spoke Monday and will meet Thursday at the White House amid uncertainty about Rosenstein's fate.

"The New York Times' story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", Rosenstein said.

Trump was noncommittal about the possibility of firing Rosenstein.

The news comes after the New York Times reported last week that Rosenstein had brought up the 25th Amendment and taping the president, something a Justice Department official said was done in jest.

That report and an unsigned opinion piece by a senior official in the Republican administration played to some of the president's concerns about the Deep State trying to undermine him from within the government.

The removal of Rosenstein could became another flashpoint in the midterm congressional races, as Republicans are seeking to prevent the Democrats from gaining control of the House - where the impeachment process could be initiated - and possibly the Senate after November 6.

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As Mark Sumner of Daily Kos wrote, Rosenstein's order authorizing Robert Mueller to expand his probe into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort likely contains language allowing the special counsel to investigate the president's business dealings.

Rosenstein is the top Justice Department official overseeing the Trump-Russia investigation.

The Associated Press has confirmed that Rosenstein is heading to the White House with the expectation that he will be fired.

The Times said none of those proposals came to fruition.

After a meeting with John Kelly, Mr Trump's chief of staff, the White House spokeswoman said Mr Rosenstein would meet Mr Trump on...

Further, The Washington Post quoted an unnamed individual saying Rosenstein quipped sarcastically after McCabe pushed for an investigation into the president, "What do you want to do Andy?"

Trump has repeatedly dismissed the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" created to delegitimize his election victory and undermine his presidency. The White House initially held up that memo as justification for Comey's firing, though Trump himself has said he was thinking about "this Russian Federation thing" when he made his move.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation when he acknowledged that he failed to inform the U.S. Senate during his confirmation hearing that he met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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