Rosenstein may get to keep his job after all

Cheryl Sanders
September 27, 2018

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein now is inclined to stay in his job, which includes overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, but it all comes down to how President Donald Trump acts in a pivotal meeting on Thursday, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Meanwhile, friends and former colleagues of Rosenstein say they don't expect him to step aside and give up oversight of the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation and the enormous swath of Justice Department operations for which he is responsible.

Rosenstein may get to keep his job after all

On Monday it seemed like Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was on his way out.

Rosenstein will be meeting with President Trump directly on Thursday, after which, well, anything can happen.

After Rosenstein's much-publicized meeting Monday at the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Rosenstein had spoken to Mr. Trump on the phone and would meet with him in person when the president returned from NY.

"It's speculation at this point, but Rosenstein has shown in the past - in digging in his heels and defying the Congressional subpoenas and the like - that he is not going too gently into that good night", the Christian leader offered. He said he has a lot of respect for me.

"There's never been a cleaner guy in the Justice Department than this man", said Baltimore lawyer Steven Silverman, a Rosenstein friend. "I may call Rod tonight or tomorrow and ask for a little bit of delay to the meeting because I don't want to do anything that gets in the way, that gets in the way of this very important Supreme Court pick".

Meadows tweeted Tuesday that the Freedom Caucus has decided Rosenstein should testify or resign. Unless you call obstruction the fact that I fight back, I really fight back.

Rosenstein's job has been in question since The New York Times reported last week that he had talked about recording the president and invoking the 25th Amendment against Mr. Trump, which would set in motion the process to remove him from office. Matt Whitaker, Attorney General Jeff Sessions's chief of staff, would take over for Rosenstein - except in his supervision of the special counsel probe, which would be led by Solicitor General Noel Francisco. Trump has signalled that he may fire Sessions after the midterms, and Rosenstein could go with him.

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