Rod Rosenstein has not resigned and is still deputy attorney general

Marco Green
September 25, 2018

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has verbally resigned to Chief of Staff John Kelly in anticipation of being fired by President Trump, according to a source cited by Axios.

Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor of the editorial page, said the Democratic Party's strategy heading into November's midterm elections is to "create chaos" around the Trump presidency, in order to suppress Republican turnout.

Rosenstein did not name any names or mention the effort by some members of the House Freedom Caucus to fire the deputy attorney general.

Instead, the White House said that Rosenstein and Trump would meet Thursday after the president's return to Washington, suggesting the deputy attorney general may be in his job for at least several more days.

CNN and Politico both report that Rosenstein expects to be fired and the Times reports that Rosenstein told a friend he was thinking of resigning.

Rosenstein reportedly stayed at the White House for routine meetings. He is now en route to the White House.

Democrats and many Republicans have warned Trump against any attempt to assume control of or shut down Mueller's investigation, either by firing Rosenstein to appoint a pliable successor, or dismissing Mueller directly.

Some news organizations reported that Rosenstein had submitted a verbal resignation to White House officials.

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The Justice Department also released a statement from a person who said Rosenstein's recording comment was meant sarcastically. "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" he has written. Other outlets have reported that the remarks were made in jest. He received mixed messages. Just two weeks into the role, Rosenstein co-authored a letter with Attorney General Jeff Sessions arguing that former FBI director James Comey should be fired over his handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

"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.

Should Rosenstein resign or be fired, oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe would be passed to Solicitor General Noel Francisco, according to the Justice Department.

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