Top Trump official in Russian Federation probe Rod Rosenstein expected to step down

Minnie Murray
September 25, 2018

This report that Rosenstein has resigned came after last week's New York Times report which claimed Rosenstein mused about wearing a wire when talking to President Trump and suggested invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office.

"The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", Mr. Rosenstein said in a statement.

Rosenstein's status was still unclear as of early Monday afternoon, though reports are emerging that he attended a regularly scheduled principals meeting after speaking with White House chief of staff John Kelly.

Rosenstein also signed off on Mueller sending a tax and fraud case against Michael Cohen to the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of NY, a move that ultimately led to an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the offices and homes of the President's former lawyer, who is now speaking with prosecutors.

US media reported the imminent departure of US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday. Trump was at the United Nations on Monday CNN reported Rosenstein was summoned for a meeting at the White House with Kelly.

Trump appointed him after firing Sally Yates, who served as deputy attorney general under Democratic former President Barack Obama and as acting attorney general under Trump.

Trump is well-known as a large coward who can't fire people in person, and he is a creature who can only understand the human experience through major media, so this looks like a full-court PR press to pressure Rosenstein into resigning, so Trump can appoint a stooge to oversee the Mueller investigation.

Another Trump lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, later told the website that he agreed with Sekulow's call to hit the pause button on Robert Mueller's probe if Rosenstein gets the boot.

McCabe was sacked by Sessions in March after the Justice Department's internal watchdog accused him of misconduct.

"I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the Department and are advancing their own personal agenda", Rosenstein added.

Trump's firing of Rosenstein could figure as evidence in an obstruction of justice case, if it was done to hand Trump more control over Mueller.

Trump, who on Friday said that he would remove a "lingering stench" from the Justice Department, did not publicly reveal any plans over the weekend.

Thursday is the same day that Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, are set to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"If anything took place and I'll make a determination sometime later, but I don't have the facts".

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

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

Where does all this leave Robert Mueller and the Russian Federation probe which Donald Trump has been railing against? "The deputy attorney general hasn't left yet, and I don't think he will". Mr. Trump blames Sessions for recusing himself in the Russian Federation investigation, which is why Rosenstein is in charge of the probe. "It might even trigger a constitutional crisis".

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