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The White House announced the meeting on Monday after a flurry of conflicting media reports about whether Rosenstein, a frequent target of Trump’s anger, would be leaving the post.
“At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Twitter.
Rosenstein’s departure would prompt questions about the future of Mueller’s investigation and whether Trump, who has called the probe a “witch hunt,” would seek to remove Mueller. The investigation has resulted in indictments or guilty pleas from 32 people.
The Rosenstein furor came just six weeks ahead of the Nov. 6 congressional elections, and his removal could become an explosive political issue as Trump’s fellow Republicans try to keep control of Congress.
Thursday’s meeting between Trump and Rosenstein is set for the same day that Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and the woman who has accused him of sexual misconduct are scheduled to testify at a Senate hearing.
Why is a firing or a resignation even being discussed? Can anyone list a good reason for him to be fired, or should all persons implicated in the op-ed letter and the Woodward book be fired?
originally posted by: Grambler
a reply to: Kharron
The difference between this and other denials is two fold
1. supposedly McCabe and perhaps lisa page have both testified that Rosenstein said this, which is different than the other stories where anonymous sources told reporters something.
2. The allegation is more serious. He allegedly was trying to wear a wire to record trump without him knowing in an effort to get him kicked form office. This is different than mattis or sessions or whoever saying trump is a moron or jerk or something.
I still would hesitate to fire him based on this story if I was trump, but I could see how if he believed mccabe and pages testimony he would want to.
And firing anyone currently investigating the President is a crime, pretty high crime at that.
originally posted by: Ahabstar
Thus Trump was free to fire Comey, because Comey said he wasn’t being investigated by the FBI, at that time. Mueller is also a special case. While clearly investigating Trump, he had to be accepted by Trump, thus he could be fired by Trump if he admitted he was no longer investigating Trump by means of Russian Collusion. And since collusion isn’t a real crime anyway, and there must be evidence of a crime for a Special Counsel in the first place. Mueller can be fired by whim. And that would include, possibly the AG that hired him. In this case Rosenstein, the Deputy AG.
McCabe and Page both wrote their own notes about the meetings, and while Page's notes also mention Rosenstein bringing up the idea of putting a wire on someone to record Trump, Page's notes do not reflect any suggestion that Rosenstein was joking, according to one source familiar with the matter.
originally posted by: underwerks
a reply to: Kharron
Does anyone know where the report came from about him resigning?
If I had to guess I’d say John Barron.