Rosenstein's job to be topic of Thursday meeting with Trump

Bill Maher jumps on Rosenstein story: 25th Amendement was written specifically for Trump

Bill Maher jumps on Rosenstein story: 25th Amendement was written specifically for Trump

"I think it's really important that there be a step back taken here, and a review", attorney Jay Sekulow said during his radio show as Rosenstein traveled to the White House for a meeting about his future.

The position of deputy attorney general is ordinarily a relatively low-visibility one in Washington, but Rosenstein has assumed outsized significance given his appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign. The source, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said Rosenstein attended another meeting with Kelly at the White House on Monday and had expected to be fired.

Friday night, Rosenstein spoke with White House counsel Donald McGahn, according to a person familiar with the discussions.

Were Rosenstein to be forced out, Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the highest-ranking Senate-confirmed official below him in the Justice Department, would take control of the Mueller investigation. The White House initially cited that memo as justification for Comey's firing, though Trump himself has said he was thinking about "this Russian Federation thing" when he made his move.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, whose private memos document comments made by Rosenstein, said Monday he was concerned that a Rosenstein departure would put the investigation at risk.

But the latest move comes after a New York Times report of Rosenstein comments in May 2017. Rosenstein denied the report as "inaccurate and factually incorrect".

A Reuters report, quoting a person familiar with the matter, said Mr Rosenstein has not resigned and is still serving as deputy attorney-general.

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McCabe was sacked by Sessions in March after the Justice Department's internal watchdog accused him of misconduct. But let me be clear about this: "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment". Rosenstein was captured by photographers leaving the White House after his meetings Monday and was led out by Kelly, later returning to the White House. Those people said Kelly had urged Rosenstein to issue a more forceful denial, and officials in the White House and the Justice Department said they thought the second statement was in some ways weaker than the first - putting Rosenstein on even thinner ice.

Congressional Democrats accused Trump of trying to eject Rosenstein as a way to undercut the Department of Justice in general and the Mueller inquiry in particular.

The Republicans say they want Rosenstein to testify under oath this week about what he said, and one suggested they might force a House vote on impeaching Rosenstein if he doesn't appear.

Rosenstein's departure would prompt questions about the future of Mueller's investigation and whether Trump, who has called the probe a "witch hunt", would seek to remove Mueller.

"Under no circumstances should Rod Rosenstein resign", tweeted Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee. "This would place the Mueller investigation in even greater jeopardy".

Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May of past year after Sessions, who ordinarily would have overseen the investigation, recused himself because of his close involvement in the Trump campaign.

Just days into his job as the No. 2 official at the Justice Department, Rosenstein wrote a memo criticizing Comey's handling of the earlier investigation of Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server for government work when she was secretary of state.

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