Rosenstein expecting to lose job, heads to White House

Mr Rosenstein is overseeing the Mueller investigation after Jeff Sessions left recused himself from the investigation

"He's expecting to be fired", a source close to Rosenstein told Axios, the website reported Monday.

Speaking Monday on his radio program, Jay Sekulow called for a "a time out on this inquiry", referring to Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling during the 2016 campaign, adding that "it clearly becomes necessary and appropriate. that there be a step back taken here, and a review - and I think it's a review that has to be thorough and complete" if Rosenstein is dismissed or resigns.

As it emerged that Mr Rosenstein was heading to the West Wing, it was variously reported that he had quit, was about to quit, or had been summoned to be fired - or for a dressing down.

"At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories", Sanders said in a statement.

Watch more above and stay tuned to Fox News Channel for the latest developments on Rosenstein's status. An unidentified senior administration official said the Cabinet had discussed using that amendment - which can be used to oust the president if he is deemed unfit for office - in an anonymous New York Times op-ed this month.

The dynamic reflects the lingering anxiety among White House officials and establishment Republicans over Kavanaugh's prospects in the Senate, where the allegations have thrown a once-certain confirmation into question.

Mr Rosenstein's position has been in serious doubt ever since a New York Times report on Friday about conversations he had with Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in the wake of Mr Comey's sacking.

As Mark Sumner of Daily Kos wrote, Rosenstein's order authorizing Robert Mueller to expand his probe into former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort likely contains language allowing the special counsel to investigate the president's business dealings.

Rosenstein is in charge of the Russian Federation investigation. President Donald Trump fired James Comey as director the week before, the sources said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's fate at the Justice Department appeared uncertain on Monday.

U.S. Treasury yields fell as much as 2 basis points after the Axios report, signalling investor concern but later pared losses.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" created to delegitimize his election victory and undermine his presidency. It wasn't immediately clear what Rosenstein's departure might mean for that investigation, or who now would oversee it, though that role could naturally fall to Solicitor General Noel Francisco. The deputy attorney general has strongly denied those reports.

According to The Times, none of Rosenstein's proposals were acted upon and it remains unclear the level of seriousness Rosenstein had when making the suggestions. "I sacrificed personally and professionally to help put the investigation on a proper course and subsequently made every effort to protect it". Trump has consistently expressed displeasure with Sessions and Rosenstein on Twitter.

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