White House: Rosenstein, Trump Talked; Will Meet Again Later in Week

Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor of the editorial page, said the Democratic Party's strategy heading into November's midterm elections is to "create chaos" around the Trump presidency, in order to suppress Republican turnout.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this morning sparked a false alarm about the No. 2 Justice Department official being fired or resigning today.

A source told the website 'He's expecting to be fired, ' prompting him to pre-empt Trump and jump before being pushed.

Rosenstein twice denied the report.

Trump, who on Friday suggested that he would remove a "lingering stench" from the Justice Department, did not publicly reveal any plans over the weekend. He also reportedly raised the possibility of invoking the 25th amendment, which would remove the president from office on the grounds of mental incapacity.

The New York Times report said Rosenstein had discussed wearing a "wire" to tape Trump and pursuing his removal from office in meetings and conversations with Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.

The turn of events sparked renewed calls from some for Congress to take up pending legislation to protect the Mueller investigation. If Rosenstein were to leave office, U.S. Solicitor General Noel Francisco would be in line to oversee the Russian Federation probe. He angrily asked confidants, both inside and outside the White House, how to respond. One person with knowledge of the situation said he expected to be fired, though other reports suggested that he would resign.

Others involved in those May 2017 discussions said Rosenstein's comments about secretly recording the president were sarcastic and came as McCabe was pressing the Justice Department to investigate the president's firing of Comey as possible obstruction of justice. He dispatched his former bodyguard to fire former FBI Director James Comey - though Comey was out of town.

Update 3: Now there are more sources saying he won't resign and will force Trump to fire him.

"There is nothing more important to the integrity of law enforcement and the rule of law than protecting the investigation of special counsel Mueller", McCabe said in a statement.

The departure of Rosenstein would start a Justice Department line of succession when it comes to oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's continuing investigation into Russia's campaign influence operation: Solicitor General Noel Francisco, Office of Legal Counsel head Steven Engel, and head of the National Security Division John Demers. Get to work on ROSENSTEIN!

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