Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly resigns

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during a campaign rally

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, has verbally resigned in anticipation of being fired by Donald Trump, according to reports.

The New York Times first reported that in 2017, Rosenstein had proposed secretly recording Trump and suggested his removal from office.

As Rosenstein was reportedly summoned to the White House Monday, there emerged conflicting accounts as to whether he offered a resignation or whether he would force the White House to fire him.

"I don't want to comment on it".

Either way, Rosenstein is out of a job, which could jeopardise the Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

They've complained about the FBI's surveillance of Page and its use of a confidential human source in 2016, who met and talked with a few Trump campaign workers as the Federal Bureau of Investigation sought to investigate the "active measures" that Russian Federation had directed against the United States.

"If Rosenstein is involved, he should be fired. But let me clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment". Under the Department of Justice succession statute, solicitor general Noel Francisco would be left in charge of supervising the Mueller investigation, University of Texas law school professor Steve Vladeck has written.

For the president and his supporters, especially House Republicans on the Judiciary and intelligence committees, that meant putting a bull's eye on Rosenstein. "Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel the next day", writes Fox News.

Trump has repeatedly dismissed the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt" created to delegitimize his election victory and undermine his presidency. "Don't do it, do not go down this path. Don't put this country through a constitutional crisis".

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