Rosenstein expecting to be fired, heads to White House

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has told White House Chief of Staff John Kelly he is resigning, Axios reports.

In a radio interview aired on Monday, Mr Trump said he had not decided whether to fire Mr Rosenstein. He plans to step down, Axios reported.

There was widespread speculation that Trump would fire Rosenstein after a New York Times report on Friday said in 2017 he had suggested secretly recording Trump and recruiting Cabinet members to invoke a constitutional amendment to remove him from the office. He denied both allegations.

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. But let me be clear about this: "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment".

According to the report, Rosenstein became fixated with the idea of having the president removed after becoming frustrated with the White House's handling of FBI Director James Comey's firing.

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"We committed to moving forward with an open hearing on Thursday September 27 at 10am", Dr Ford's attorneys said in a statement. With Rosenstein's exit, solicitor general Noel Francisco would oversee the investigation. "The statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president". He is now on his way to the White House.

Rosenstein served in the Justice Department for almost three decades.

Some of the president's most outspoken supporters have railed against Rosenstein with Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.), at one point, describing the deputy attorney general and other former Justice Department officials as "traitors to our nation".

Trump has repeatedly dismissed the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" created to delegitimize his election victory and undermine his presidency.