Trump, Rosenstein to meet Thursday

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The New York Times reported last week that in 2017, Rosenstein had also proposed secretly recording Trump and raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove the president as unfit for office. Rosenstein put out a statement (sort of) denying it, and some of the President's allies cautioned him about firing him right away.

Trump appointed Rosenstein as deputy attorney general but had expressed extreme frustration with him for months, partly over his decision to hire Mueller past year.

First, it was Jonathan Swan at Axios who reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had submitted his resignation to Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Trump had previously contemplated firing Rosenstein in April after Federal Bureau of Investigation raids of the office and home of the president's longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, who has since pleaded guilty to several felonies and taken part in hours of interviews with Mueller.

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

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Many were quick to argue that it's likely not a coincidence that Trump scheduled his meeting with Rosenstein on the same day Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is set to testify about her sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh before the Senate. If he resigns, Trump has more leeway in choosing Rosenstein's successor - giving him the option of installing a loyalist who could hamstring, or even end, Mueller's probe altogether.

Rosenstein called White House Counsel Don McGahn over the weekend to say he was considering resigning, according to one person familiar with the conversation. This is clearly an attack on the Mueller investigation from the White House, and it's looking clumsier by the minute. Some urged him to fire Rosenstein.

Some of Trump's biggest defenders in Congress have tried to impeach Rosenstein in recent weeks, though the effort has not made much progress.

Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the highest-ranking Senate-confirmed official below Rosenstein in the Justice Department, would be in line to take control of the Mueller investigation.

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"If the rumors of Deputy AG's Rosenstein's departure are true, I am deeply concerned that it puts that investigation at risk".

Francisco represented the U.S. as solicitor general in a case before the Supreme Court in April that delved into whether the president has constitutional power to fire " all officers of the United States", the Los Angeles Times reported.

The person said Rosenstein had expressed to others that he should resign because he "felt very compromised" and the controversy hurt his ability to oversee the Russian Federation inquiry, said a person close to Trump.

Rosenstein, born in Philadelphia, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and later Harvard Law School before starting a 27-year run at the Justice Department.

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