Published: Tue, September 25, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Rod Rosenstein: US deputy attorney general could be fired after 'criticising Trump'

Rod Rosenstein: US deputy attorney general could be fired after 'criticising Trump'

Rosenstein talked past year about invoking the 25th Amendment and wearing a wire during Trump meetings, the N.Y. Times' Adam Goldman and Michael S. Schmidt reported last week. Sherman also reports that de facto senior presidential adviser Sean Hannity views the NYT story as a trap to get Trump to fire Rosenstein in a Saturday Night Massacre-like crisis that "however temporarily successful, would leave Democrats holding nearly all the cards".

Numerous media outlets reported in a frenzy on Monday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had resigned or that he was being fired because he was heading to the White House, but none of those reports turned out to be true.

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings called on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Monday to conduct an emergency hearing if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is forced out of his position by President Donald J. Trump.

The departure of Rosenstein - possibly giving Trump an opportunity to get more of a loyalist as a replacement - would dramatically rock the probe into whether Russian Federation colluded with the Trump campaign in his shock presidential election victory in 2016.

The resignation came Monday, according to Axios, which cited a source close to the matter.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein headed to the White House Monday expecting to lose his job, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

Trump and Rosenstein are to meet on Thursday.

Rosenstein offered his resignation following reports claiming the Justice Department's second highest-ranked official considered secretly recording President Donald Trump and lobbying cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment in a bid to remove him, Axios wrote Monday.

Rosenstein denied the report.

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The Times quoted other sources who said Rosenstein was serious, however.

Rosenstein was confirmed to the deputy attorney general post by an overwhelmingly bipartisan Senate vote of 94-6 past year.

Though Trump has mostly spared Rosenstein from some of the harsher and more personal attacks he has directed at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he has occasionally lashed out with angry tirades at the Justice Department's No. 2 official, including after Federal Bureau of Investigation raids in April targeting the president's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen. Some urged him to fire Rosenstein.

Rod Rosenstein, the USA deputy attorney general revealed to have discussed removing President Trump from office, travelled to the White House this morning amid expectations that his days in office were numbered.

President Donald Trump speaks at the United Nations on Monday in NY with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

But the Justice Department rules are crystal clear about which law enforcement official wields that power.

If Trump can get rid of Rosenstein, he can instate Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the next-in-line at the Justice Department - an official likely to be much less friendly to Mueller who would allow the investigation to end more to the liking of the president.

Sessions withdrew from the Russian Federation inquiry soon after he took office, to Trump's dismay, and Rosenstein later appointed Mueller.

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