Monday, September 24, 2018

BREAKING Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein On the Way To White House to Get Fired?

UPDATE below: He's gone.
FURTHER UPDATE below: Maybe he is not gone, yet. He will meet with Trump.

This is a developing story. Return to this post for updates.


Multiple media organizations are reporting that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is headed to the White House and is expected to be fired, or possibly resign.

The news comes after a report last week that Rosenstein suggested to other FBI officials that they secretly record Trump.



Via VOX:
If Rosenstein were fired, or if he quit, the spotlight would turn to Solicitor General Noel Francisco. Francisco is the next Senate-confirmed Justice Department official in line, which means the Mueller investigation would drop to him...
He clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and worked in the Justice Department during the George W. Bush administration.

He’s also defended a broad interpretation of executive power — he even tried to argue a case before the Supreme Court that defended the president’s expansive power to fire executive branch officials...
Francisco’s résumé includes working on George W. Bush’s legal team in the 2000 Florida recount and, as a partner at the law firm Jones Day, representing former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell in his successful case before the Supreme Court that led to McDonnell’s corruption conviction being overturned...
Francisco’s past legal stances indicate he takes a pretty broad view of executive powers and has some skepticism about the need for special counsels.
In 2007, he testified about his views on presidential power during a congressional inquiry into Bush’s politically motivated firing of nine US attorneys. The administration had been reluctant to turn over documents or let officials testify under oath on issues related to mass dismissal of US attorneys. Bush invoked executive privilege to defend his decision.Francisco, who by then was in private legal practice, appeared before a House committee to defend the administration. As Mother Jones reports, he criticized the idea of appointing a special counsel to investigate the Bush administration over this scandal...



  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is resigning, according to Axios, which cited a source familiar with the matter.
  • "He's expecting to be fired," a source close to Rosenstein told Axios, the website reported Monday. He plans to step down, Axios reported.
  • NBC News' Pete Williams, however, reported that Rosenstein would not resign of his own accord, and that he will only depart if the White House fired him. He will refuse to resign if asked to do so, Williams added.

Via Axios:

 Rod Rosenstein has verbally resigned to John Kelly.


New reports: No resignation, yet. He will meet with Trump on Thursday.


White House statement:


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  2. Trump should have Rosenstein tried for treason by a military court and then executed.