Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is reportedly on his way out at the Department of Justice, following a New York Times report Friday that he talked about secretly recording President Trump. Rosenstein said the report was "inaccurate".
Rosenstein said he thought he would be able to persuade Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly to sign on, according to the sources.
Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah warned on Monday that if Trump were to fire Rosenstein, "it would cause a furor that I don't think we need right now".
Many were quick to argue that it's likely not a coincidence that Trump scheduled his meeting with Rosenstein on the same day Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is set to testify about her sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh before the Senate.
Speculation surrounding Rosenstein's fate followed a New York Times report which claimed that he had suggested recording Trump in the White House, in order to bolster any case for invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office for being unfit for the job. There is more reporting happening now from seemingly other sources in the government, and the picture is a bit clearer than it was a couple hours ago.
Sekulow's comments on Monday reflect an ongoing campaign from President Trump's legal team, which includes Rudy Giuliani, to call for an end to Mueller's probe.
To the suggestion that he was used to accomplish the White House's PR agenda, Swan responded strongly, noting that the Justice Department wasn't "denying he offered his resignation".
The events are reminiscent of the "Saturday Night Massacre" - the evening that Richard Nixon fired his Attorney General, and his deputies, until he found someone willing to fire Archibald Cox, the Special Counsel investigating Watergate.
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Rosenstein also signed off on Mueller sending a tax and fraud case against Michael Cohen to the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of NY, a move that ultimately led to an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the offices and homes of the President's former lawyer, who is now speaking with prosecutors. Some urged him to fire Rosenstein.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump and Rosenstein had "an extended conversation" Monday "to discuss the recent news stories" at Rosenstein's request.
Those developments came one week after Rosenstein laid the groundwork for the firing of Comey by writing a memo that criticized Comey's handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.
Andrew McCabe, shown in 2017, expressed alarm Monday over the possibility that Rosenstein could be the next high-ranking law enforcement official to depart in the last 18 months. The White House initially cited that memo as justification for Comey's firing, though Trump himself has said he was thinking about "this Russian Federation thing" when he made his move.
President Donald Trump speaks at the United Nations on Monday in NY with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
"If the rumors of Deputy AG's Rosenstein's departure are true, I am deeply concerned that it puts that investigation at risk". A Justice Department official told the Times that it would be overseen by Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who has been skeptical of special counsel investigations in the past, but there are questions about whether he might recuse himself from the investigation.
It is unclear if Rosenstein's expected firing is related to last week's news.