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


In the hubbub Monday over whether Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein had resigned or been fired - turns out neither!

This comes after the New York Times published a story last week claiming Rosenstein brought up the 25th Amendment and taping the president.

Rosenstein met with White House chief of staff John Kelly and reportedly spoke on the phone with Trump in NY, after which it was announced that the two men would meet on Thursday.

Rosenstein denied a report in the New York Times last week that alleged he wanted to surreptitiously record Trump and discussed rallying cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment to remove the president from office.

Trump was asked by reporters as he entered the United Nations on Tuesday if he was considering firing Rosenstein.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Monday that Rosenstein and Trump had an "extended conversation" to discuss recent news reports.

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Sanders appeared on "Good Morning America" and "Fox and Friends" while she is in NY accompanying the president during his meetings at the United Nations General Assembly.

While the end result would be the same - that is, Rosenstein would no longer be deputy Attorney General and would no longer oversee special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election - the way in which he leaves is crucially important to the future of the investigation.

Mr Rosenstein appointed Mr Mueller and oversees his investigation.

Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the highest-ranking Senate confirmed official below Rosenstein in the Justice Department, would take control of the Mueller investigation. Rosenstein was said to be upset that he'd been ill-used by the president when his memo about FBI Director James Comey's malpractice in his handling of the Clinton email investigation was used as a pretext for Comey's firing.

The Wall Street Journal then reported that talks over Rosenstein's departure were already taking place over the weekend.

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.

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"Some news organizations reported that Rosenstein had submitted a verbal resignation to White House officials", NPR reported on Monday.

"I'm not going to get ahead of where the president is but he has been very clear he wants this to come to a conclusion", Sanders said.

McCabe memorialized 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. They say Rosenstein won't resign and the WH will have to fire him.

Rosenstein oversees the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

As Trump mulled Rosenstein's fate and consulted on how to respond, Rosenstein was summoned to the West Wing on Friday evening by White House chief of staff John Kelly.

He became the only Bush-appointed USA attorney to serve throughout all of President Barack Obama's eight-year tenure.

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"Mr. Rosenstein's removal would plunge our nation into uncharted territory and pose a serious and profound threat to the continued work of the Special Counsel", said Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Baltimore Democrat.