Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resigns before Trump can fire him

Attorney General Rod Rosenstein resigns before Trump can fire him

A new report suggests that President Trump is going to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

On Friday, The New York Times published a bombshell report alleging Rosenstein raised the prospect during a meeting with multiple Federal Bureau of Investigation officials of taping President Trump without his knowledge "to expose the chaos consuming the administration".

Axios reported on Monday that Rosenstein verbally resigned to Chief of Staff John Kelly.

The move is likely to be regarded as an effort by Trump to hamstring special counsel Robert Mueller, who has led the Russian Federation probe since the president sacked then-FBI director James Comey in May 2017.

According to Reuters, Rosenstein's replacement, by way of legal succession, "would fall to Solicitor General Noel Francisco, according to an internal Justice Department memo on succession from November 2016 that is still in effect".

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According to the report, Rosenstein became fixated with the idea of having the president removed after becoming frustrated with the White House's handling of FBI Director James Comey's firing. That report and an unsigned opinion piece by a senior official in the Republican administration played to some of the president's worst fears about a secret "Deep State" trying to undermine him from within the government.

Rosenstein was elevated to his position in January of 2017 by Trump after the president fired Sally Yates.

Further, The Washington Post quoted an unnamed individual saying Rosenstein quipped sarcastically after McCabe pushed for an investigation into the president, "What do you want to do Andy?"

For months, there has been speculation that Mr. Trump could fire Mr. Sessions, Mr. Rosenstein or perhaps both. And they have said the president risks sparking a constitutional crisis if he tries to derail the special counsel investigation.

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