Just ask Sarah … White House clears up confusion on Rosenstein’s reported ‘verbal resignation’

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.

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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.

But CNN’s Kaitlan Collins tweeted that a “senior official” confirmed that report.

The Associated Press joined in, reporting that Rosenstein is expecting to be fired.

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.

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.

After confusing stories swirled for hours late Monday morning, Sarah Sanders cleared it up in an afternoon statement.

Frieda Powers


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