Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein said he expected to be fired on Monday after the explosive New York Times report that he suggested that a wire be used to tape the President in order to have him removed under the 25th Amendment. But Monday morning, news media across the spectrum reported him offering his resignation to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. Other media angencies reported that he has NOT resigned. The confusion is typical these days.
Update: Latest information says he is set to meet with Trump on Thursday.
He fought back at the NYT report, saying that his statement was “sarcastic” and that he found no reasonable cause to have the President removed.
“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect. I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda. But let me clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.” Rod Rosenstein
He appeared at a prescheduled meeting at the White House with John Kelly this morning, fueling immediate rumors.
— Bloomberg (@business) September 24, 2018
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein expects to be fired but has not resigned, a source close to Rosenstein tells NPR. https://t.co/nHMui2VcBo
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) September 24, 2018
Rod Rosenstein, who has either resigned or not, or been fired or not, or is on the way to the White House to resign or be fired, or not, is apparently in a state of quantum (un)employment.
— Peter Suderman (@petersuderman) September 24, 2018
Rosenstein, 53, has been targeted by Republicans for months. In July, Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio, the chairman and a prominent member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, introduced five articles of impeachment against Rosenstein.
Those impeachment articles accused Rosenstein of intentionally withholding documents and information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). That effort was referred to the House Judiciary Committee, where it has not been voted upon.
Democrats are making threats, leftists plan to protest whatever happens. If Rosenstein goes, Mueller may not be far behind. And chaos…chaos reigns in Washington DC.
According to the latest report from CNN Rod Rosenstein discussed resigning but did not resign. It is unknown if John Kelly is about to fire him.
My gut tells me that Rosenstein won’t be the deputy attorney general by the end of this day
Whatever happens, be prepared to protest
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) September 24, 2018