Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s termination has been shelved – for now.
After driving to the White House to offer his resignation to Chief of Staff John Kelly, Rosenstein agreed to meet with President Donald Trump Thursday.
Rosenstein and President Trump have an extended conversation scheduled that day to discuss recent news stories.
Discussing the developments with the press corps White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said, “Because the President is at the United Nations General Assembly and has a full schedule with leaders from around the world, they will meet on Thursday when the President returns to Washington, DC.”
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— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) September 24, 2018
Rosenstein offered his resignation following reports claiming the Justice Department’s second highest-ranked official considered secretly recording President Donald Trump and lobbying cabinet members to invoke the 25th amendment in a bid to remove him, Axios wrote Monday.
On Friday, The New York Times published a bombshell report alleging Rosenstein raised the prospect during a meeting with multiple FBI officials of taping President Trump without his knowledge “to expose the chaos consuming the administration.” Further, the Deputy Attorney General considered using said recordings to lobby Chief of Staff John Kelly and Attorney General Jeff Sessions to invoke the 25th Amendment.
According to the report, Rosenstein became fixated with the idea of having the president removed after becoming frustrated with the White House’s handling of FBI Director James Comey’s firing. Rosenstein reportedly told close associates that he would one day be “vindicated” for being ordered to draft the memo justifying Comey’s ouster.
The Times says Rosenstein’s remarks were detailed in a series of memos compiled by multiple FBI officials, including former FBI Dupoty Director Andrew McCabe, a claim an attorney for the fired official denies. Michael R. Bromwich, a member of McCabe’s legal team, told the paper that his client “has no knowledge of how any member of the media obtained those memos.”
Some of the president’s closest allies, including Fox News host Sean Hannity, warned against sacking Rosenstein – which they argue could have a disastrous impact on an increasingly tough midterm landscape.