Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is reportedly headed to the White House and is expecting to be fired from his job. But, nobody seems to know for sure.
Multiple reports indicating that Rosenstein expected the firing come in the wake of a report that last year he suggested wearing a wire to secretly record President Donald Trump and invoked the 25th Amendment in order to have him removed from office, according to Fox News.
And while he has denied last week’s bombshell report in The New York Times, Rosenstein – who is in charge of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe – has reportedly “verbally resigned” to White House chief of staff John Kelly, according to Jonathan Swan of Axios.
“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has verbally resigned to Chief of Staff John Kelly in anticipation of being fired by President Trump,” Axios said.
But the reports Monday have been nothing short of conflicting.
CNN reporter Erica Orden noted that a source disagreed with the Axios report.
A source close to Rosenstein disputes the Axios report that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein has verbally resigned, @LauraAJarrett reports. The source says that Rosenstein expects he is being fired.
Noel Francisco, the solicitor general, would take on oversight of the Mueller probe.
— erica orden (@eorden) September 24, 2018
But CNN’s Kaitlan Collins tweeted that a “senior official” confirmed that report.
A senior official confirms Rod Rosenstein has resigned to John Kelly.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 24, 2018
The Associated Press joined in, reporting that Rosenstein is expecting to be fired.
BREAKING: AP Source: Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein is expecting to be fired, heading to White House Monday morning.
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 24, 2018
Rosenstein reportedly made the suggestions in meetings and conversations with other Justice Department officials in the spring of 2017, following the firing FBI Director James Comey, according to sources cited in a report by The New York Times last week.
He slammed the story as “inaccurate and factually incorrect” in a statement disputing the report.
Trump called it “a very sad story,” speaking with Geraldo Rivera on Sunday.
“People are obviously..looking into it. Sad state of affairs when something like that can happen,” the president said, adding that he would not comment “until I get all the facts. Certainly its being looked at in terms of what took place, if anything took place.”
Rosenstein’s resignation was reportedly delivered to Kelly “late last week,” a source told Bloomberg.
“But it’s unclear whether Rosenstein is planning to follow through with a formal resignation, the person said. A second person said that Rosenstein isn’t expected to be in the job after Monday,” Bloomberg reported.
NPR noted that he had not resigned.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects to be fired but has not resigned, a source close to Rosenstein tells NPR. https://t.co/nHMui2VcBo
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) September 24, 2018
And according to NBC’s Pete Williams, the deputy AG has no intentions of resigning and if the administration wants him out, they will have to fire him.
.@PeteWilliamsNBC reports on @MSNBC that Rod Rosenstein is on his way to the White House. He has been summoned to the W.H. The W.H. is saying Rosenstein will resign. But it’s Pete’s understanding that he will not resign and that if the W.H. wants him out, he’ll have to be fired.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 24, 2018
After confusing stories swirled for hours late Monday morning, Sarah Sanders cleared it up in an afternoon statement.
Statement on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: pic.twitter.com/yBgAydv9oR
— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 24, 2018
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