Rod Rosenstein: US deputy attorney general could be fired after 'criticising Trump'

Rod Rosenstein: US deputy attorney general could be fired after 'criticising Trump'

With conflicting reports, it remains possible that Rosenstein could be fired; might resign; or could, in fact, continue on as the Deputy Attorney General.

According to the newspaper, Mr Rosenstein had also suggested surreptitiously recording the president in order to expose the chaos in the White House. The suggestion was that no decision on Rosenstein's fate would come before President Donald Trump's return to Washington from his trip to the United Nations in New York City.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this morning sparked a false alarm about the No. 2 Justice Department official being fired or resigning today. Mr Rosenstein denied the report as "inaccurate and factually incorrect".

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein departs the West Wing of the White House after a meeting on FBI investigations into the 2016 Trump presidential campaign with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House in Washington, U.S., May 21, 2018.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose private memos document comments made by Rosenstein, said Monday he was concerned that a Rosenstein departure would put the investigation at risk.

Mr Rosenstein appointed Mr Mueller and oversees his investigation. Mr Mueller is pursuing the possibility that people close to Mr Trump colluded with representatives of Russian Federation as well as whether Mr Trump conspired to obstruct justice, inquiries the president has denounced as a "witch hunt".

The reports about Rosenstein add to the turmoil roiling the administration, just six weeks before midterm elections with control of Congress at stake.

Rosenstein could find himself in a similar position, two officials suggested: one of obvious enmity with the President, but without being fired.

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"I'm not going to get ahead of the conversation that's going to take place, certainly he wants things to take place", Sanders said of Trump's expected showdown Thursday with Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. But that same night Sean Hannity took to the Fox airwaves to addressed the president directly, claiming he had it on good authority that the story was a set-up and that Trump shouldn't fire Rosenstein or anyone else.

Over the weekend, Republican allies of the President strongly urged him to hold off firing the deputy attorney general for fear it could prove politically damaging. "This doesn't solve any problems if that's what the president is doing it for", Christie said in April.

For more than a year, Trump's public and private comments about the Russian Federation investigation have led to speculation and concern that Rosenstein could be fired.

Rosenstein was summoned to the White House on Friday evening for a conversation with chief of staff Kelly after which he issued a denial meant to be even sharper in tone than the one the Justice Department sent out hours earlier.

'Nothing that has anything to do with the president or his campaign and it's ridiculous they continue to drum this up and drag it out and it should, I think, be wrapping up, ' she said on ABC. Francisco, a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, has argued against appointing special counsels to investigate White House scandals.

It's unclear what will happen Thursday.

The next day at the hearing, Rosenstein tried to keep Democrats happy by defending Mueller, saying it would have been "difficult to find anyone more qualified" for the role of special counsel.

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