Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s tenure at the Justice Department (DOJ) may be coming to a close and with it his oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation after a series of reports Monday. News of Rosenstein’s potentially imminent departure broke in an Axios report Monday morning that he had “verbally resigned” in a conversation with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. This conversation took place days after a report emerged Friday alleging that Rosenstein had discussed taping his or others conversations with President Donald Trump last spring, shortly after Rosenstein took office, with an eye to helping remove the president. Rosenstein has steadfastly denied that report in public, with other sources at the Justice Department claiming the comment was really made, but was a joke or sarcastic.The Wall Street Journal then reported that talks over Rosenstein’s departure were already taking place over the weekend. But, by Monday afternoon, the White House was pushing back on talk of a resignation and Rosenstein was seen at a regularly scheduled meeting. The suggestion was that no decision on Rosenstein’s fate would come before President Donald Trump’s return to Washington from his trip to the United Nations in New York City. “At the request of… Read full this story
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