Rod Rosenstein expecting to be fired, AP reports

Hannah Rogers
September 24, 2018

The news comes after the New York Times reported last week that Rosenstein had brought up the 25th Amendment and taping the president, something a Justice Department official said was done in jest.

Rosenstein believed President Donald Trump was going to fire him, according to the Axios report.

Trump himself was in NY for a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly.

Others involved in those May 2017 discussions said Rosenstein's comments about secretly recording the president were sarcastic, and came as McCabe was pressing the Justice Department to open an investigation into the president over the firing of Comey as possible obstruction of justice.

Pompeo, who has been steadfastly loyal to Trump in public and who earlier headed the Central Intelligence Agency, said that the administration needed all staffers "engaged in helping achieve President Trump's mission". It will be an important distinction, not just the optics of it but for potential obstruction of justice or for what comes next in the Russian Federation investigation.

Rosenstein disputed the New York Times's story, blaming anonymous sources looking to assail his character for the "inaccurate and factually incorrect" allegations.

He was heading to the White House for a meeting on Monday morning, amid conflicting accounts on whether he had offered to resign or would simply be dismissed.

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"He's expecting to be fired", one of the sources is quoted as saying.

Update 2: Solicitor General Noel Francisco will now oversee the Mueller investigation, according to rules cited by Vox.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May of a year ago after Sessions, who ordinarily would have overseen the investigation, recused himself because of his close involvement in the Trump campaign.

He was also accused of making critical comments about the United States president. He was reportedly angry that a memo he wrote about James Comey was cited as grounds for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" created to delegitimize his election victory and undermine his presidency.

From the start the investigation has been wide-ranging.

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