If Rosenstein is fired, here's what will happen

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 25, 2018

Rosenstein has been the target of President Donald Trump's public ire and private threats for months, but his uncertainty about his future deepened, following the revelation Friday that memos written by former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe said that in May 2017, Rosenstein suggested secretly recording the president and trying to muster support for invoking the 25th amendment to replace Trump.

"He's expecting to be fired", a source tells Axios.

President Donald Trump speaks at the United Nations on Monday in NY with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

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

For months, there has been speculation that Mr. Trump could fire Mr. Sessions, Mr. Rosenstein or perhaps both. The story claimed that Rosenstein also suggested invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

The development follows a report that America's second most senior law official past year talked about ousting Mr Trump and secretly recording him.

"We'll be meeting at the White House and we'll be determining what's going on", Trump said.

The move had the potential to endanger special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference, which Rosenstein oversees.

Rosenstein is the top Justice Department official overseeing the Trump-Russia investigation.

According to The Times, none of Rosenstein's proposals were acted upon and it remains unclear the level of seriousness Rosenstein had when making the suggestions.

"But certainly it's being looked at in terms of what took place, if anything took place, and I'll make a determination sometime later", said Trump.

The Associated Press has confirmed that Rosenstein is heading to the White House with the expectation that he will be fired.

The administration official, whom Trump has called for a federal investigation to unmask, wrote that there was a group of officials working to safeguard the country from the president's most unsafe impulses.

"There is nothing more important to the integrity of law enforcement and the rule of law than protecting the investigation of special counsel Mueller", McCabe said in a statement.

Trump's former longtime fixer and attorney, his onetime campaign chairman, vice chairman, national security adviser and others have pleaded guilty or been convicted, although so far no one has been charged with conspiring directly with the Russian attack on the 2016 election. "If the rumors of Deputy AG's Rosenstein's departure are true, I am deeply concerned that it puts that investigation at risk".

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