Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has resigned

Larry Hoffman
September 24, 2018

"The New York Times's story is inaccurate and factually incorrect", Rosenstein said in an earlier statement.

This comes soon after a new report that suggested Rosenstein wanted to secretly record Trump in the spring of 2017 shortly after the firing of FBI Director James Comey. This would have been in the tumultuous days after James Comey was sacked as Federal Bureau of Investigation director, with the president citing in part a memo penned by Rosenstein - reportedly catching him off guard.

A second source told news site Axios that Mr Rosenstein is "expecting to be fired so he plans to step down".

The Associated Press also reported that Rosenstein was expected to be fired on Monday.

Trump was not at the White House; he traveled to New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.

Rosenstein denied the report. As for Rosenstein's future, Trump says, "We will make a determination".

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday (Sep 23) that U.S. officials should either support President Donald Trump or quit after a report that the Justice Department's Number Two discussed ways to remove Trump over mental incompetence.

The 25th Amendment provides for the removal of a sitting president if he or she is judged unfit to carry out the duties of the office.

Top Republicans say the episode is the latest chapter in a story that deserves its own investigation on a level equal to Robert Mueller's ongoing Russian Federation collusion probe. Rosenstein appointed Mueller and oversees his investigation.

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 unsafe impulses.

As of Sunday, the president said he had not decided what to do about Rosenstein.

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