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Rod Rosenstein’s fate is just a matter of time

Rod Rosenstein’s fate is just a matter of time

There are now conflicting reports about whether deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plans to resign from his position or whether the Trump White House plans to fire him.

Page's assessment differs from the assessments of unnamed Justice Department officials cited in reports in The Washington Post and NBC News, as well as the assessment of the meeting attendee who spoke to The Daily Beast. The suggestion was that no decision on Rosenstein's fate would come before President Donald Trump's return to Washington from his trip to the United Nations in New York City. The Justice Department issued two statements from Rosenstein denying the remarks and released a separate statement from someone who said he recalled the recording comment but insisted that it was meant sarcastically.

The two men have been at loggerheads over special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian interference, which Rosenstein supports, while Trump has branded it a 'witch hunt'.

If Mr Rosenstein is terminated or fired, there would be immediate implications for special counsel Mr Mueller's investigation of a possible collaboration between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign before the 2016 presidential election.

'That's not what I asked, ' ABC's George Stephanopoulos replied.

I don't think it would be appropriate for the Department of Justice to appoint.

Prior to becoming solicitor general, Francisco was a lawyer at Jones Day and was a colleague of White House Counsel Don McGahn, who is set to depart the White House this fall.

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"The President is in charge of the executive branch, and Mueller, as the special counsel, is a subordinate in that branch of the government".

Appearing on Fox & Friends Tuesday, the Harvard Law professor emeritus isn't certain that Thursday's meeting between Rosenstein and President Donald Trump will be the end. He received mixed messages.

Trump appointed Rosenstein as deputy attorney general but had expressed extreme frustration with him for months, partly over his decision to hire Mueller past year. During a House Judiciary Committee hearing in June, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) lost his cool with Rosenstein, telling him the country was "being torn apart" by the Mueller investigation. Others suggested restraint while checking whether the report was correct or if it was planted by some adversary.

Rosenstein has been the target of Trump's public ire and private threats for months, but uncertainty about his future deepened after it was revealed on Friday (Saturday NZT) that memos written by Andrew McCabe when he was Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director said that in May 2017, Rosenstein suggested secretly recording the president and trying to muster support for invoking the 25th Amendment to replace him. Rosenstein, you may recall, was the one who wrote the memo criticizing then-FBI Director James B. Comey's stewardship of the FBI, a memo which was originally offered as the reason for Comey's termination. "I sacrificed personally and professionally to help put the investigation on a proper course and subsequently made every effort to protect it".

One of Rosenstein's first major acts as deputy attorney general was also one of his most controversial.

"I'm not going to get ahead of where the president is but he has been very clear he wants this to come to a conclusion", Sanders said.