Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is reportedly planning to resign from his position at the Department of Justice Monday; stepping-down after an explosive New York Time’s article claims he planned on secretly recording the President inside the Oval Office.
According to Axios, the Deputy Attorney General offered his verbal resignation to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly following the Times report, with inside sources confirming “he’s expecting to be fired” so he’s resigning in advance.
“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has verbally resigned to Chief of Staff John Kelly in anticipation of being fired by President Trump, according to a source with direct knowledge. Per a second source with direct knowledge: ‘He’s expecting to be fired,’ so he plans to step down,” writes Axios.
“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is heading to the White House expecting to be fired, sources tell Fox News, in the wake of a report that he suggested wearing a wire against President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year,” adds Fox News.
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GREGG JARRETT: Rosenstein’s ‘COUP ATTEMPT’ Cannot Go Unpunished
The New York Times stunned Americans on both sides of the political aisle Friday afternoon, publishing a bombshell exposé that claims Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested “secretly recording” President Trump and using the material to remove him from office.
Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett slammed the revelations in a scathing report just hours after the Times published the article, saying the DOJ official’s “attempted coup” cannot go unpunished.
“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s actions, as recounted by the New York Times Friday, are the equivalent of an attempted coup — a plot to overthrow the president,” writes Jarrett.
“He solicited others to wear wires, including Andrew McCabe, who was later fired as Assistant FBI Director. Rosenstein is said to have discussed recruiting cabinet members to depose Trump under the 25th Amendment,” he adds.
“Those who abused their positions of power to subvert the rule of law and undermine the democratic process should be held accountable,” Jarrett warns. “It should begin with the firing of Rod Rosenstein. It should end with a presentment to a grand jury for potential criminal indictments.”
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NY TIMES: Rosenstein Proposed ‘Secretly Recording Trump,’ Invoking 25th Amendment
A bombshell report from the New York Times Friday claims Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein proposed secretly recording President Trump inside the White House, then potentially using the material to invoke the 25th amendment to remove him from office.
“The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit,” writes the Times.
Rosenstein was in his official role for just two weeks at the time.
“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” Rosenstein said in response to the NY Times article. “I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda.”
If confirmed, the report raises serious questions over Rosenstein’s future at the Department of Justice and his role in the ongoing Russia investigation.
Read the full report at the New York Times.