One Trump adviser said that the president has not been pressuring Rosenstein to leave, but that his resignation was a topic of private discussions all weekend.
Numerous media outlets reported in a frenzy on Monday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had resigned or that he was being fired because he was heading to the White House, but none of those reports turned out to be true.
A source told the website 'He's expecting to be fired, ' prompting him to pre-empt Trump and jump before being pushed.
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Rosenstein was captured by photographers leaving the White House after his meetings Monday and was led out by Kelly. He was on his way to the White House.
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.
The reports about Rosenstein add to the turmoil roiling the administration, just six weeks before midterm elections with control of Congress at stake.
The administration official, whom Trump has called for a federal investigation to unmask, wrote that there was a group of officials working to safeguard the country from the president's most risky impulses. Some urged him to fire Rosenstein.
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To make her case to the American people and convince them that she is sincere, honest and credible, Ford doesn't need the Senate. Grassley had said that in the interest of making Ford comfortable, he'd be willing to let Ford testify in public or private.
And the White House reports that Trump, who's now in New York City for a United Nations gathering, spoke with Rosenstein Monday and will meet with him Thursday at the White House. One person with knowledge of the situation said he expected to be fired, though other reports suggested that he would resign. He angrily asked confidants, both inside and outside the White House, how to respond.
He was also accused of making critical comments about the United States president.
Update 3: Now there are more sources saying he won't resign and will force Trump to fire him.
With Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's ouster, Solicitor General Noel Francisco is slated to oversee the Robert Mueller probe under the Justice Department's succession plan. "Michael Cohen should turn over any and all evidence to Special Counsel Mueller".
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation leaving Mr. Rosenstein in charge. "I sacrificed personally and professionally to help put the investigation on a proper course and subsequently made every effort to protect it".