It is being reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is resigning today. He is the person who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the possible collusion from the Trump administration.
NBC News’ Pete Williams is reporting that Rosenstein will not resign of his own accord and may be fired instead. Rosenstein made some off-the-cuff comments about President Donald Trump that were revealed last week. Williams reported that he will only depart if the White House fired him, and will refuse to resign if asked to do so. This news came as a “huge shock” to the Justice Department, Williams added.
While Williams was reporting this information on air, Rosenstein was at the White House. However, Trump was in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.
Bloomberg has already reported that the White House accepted Rosenstein’s resignation, citing a person familiar with the matter.
If this report is accurate, the resignation will raise significant questions about the future of the ongoing investigation by Mueller.
The special counsel’s office declined to comment on the report.
Rosenstein’s job was tenuous after The New York Times reported last week that he had discussed invoking the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office. Apparently, he also talked about secretly recording the president. Some have said that Rosenstein was just being sarcastic when he made the comments.
In an interview with radio host Geraldo Rivera over the weekend, Trump hinted that he was considering firing Rosenstein.
“Certainly it’s being looked at in terms of what took place, if anything took place. I’ll make a determination sometime later but I don’t have the facts,” Trump said when asked if he would fire Rosenstein because of the report.
Do you think these reports are accurate? What will the ramifications be if Rosenstein is fired or resigns? We look forward to seeing your comments.