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Rosenstein Tells His Circle He's Prepared to Be Fired
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16 Apr 2018 11:05 AM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff Writer; Image: Rod Rosenstein (Image Source: Public Domain)

 

With many Conservative insiders and outsiders suggesting Donald Trump fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he is telling his inner circle that he is prepared to be fired while using a Martin Luther quote.

 

While many are coming down on Special Counsel Robert Mueller for his investigation in the possible collusion between Trump's campaign team and Russia to influence the election as well as the FBI's recent raid on Michael Cohen's office and other locations, some are suggesting the President go straight to the source and fire Rosenstein who approved the FBI raid.

 

The deputy attorney general has served as a U.S. attorney under presidents who were both Republican and Democrat. He took on the Russia investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself because he had interacted with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. during the 2016 election.

 

Rosenstein himself fired James Comey last May. The former FBI director referenced a Martin Luther quote, "Here's I stand, I can do no other," in a conversation with former President George W. Bush, according to Comey's new book which will be released on Tuesday. Both Comey and Rosenstein have said, "Here I stand."

 

Trump has been critical of Rosenstein, starting from around the time he fired Comey and continuing through to the end of the year. Wednesday the President tweeted that Rosenstein was possibly more conflicted than Mueller because he "signed FISA and Comey letter," meaning the memo that fired Comey and authorizing surveillance of Carter Page, former Trump campaign operative.

 

Criminal defense attorney Alan Dershowitz has publicly defended the President with regards to the Mueller investigation. He believes Rosenstein should be recused because he's a witness to events open to the investigation. Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist, suggested last week that Trump should fire Rosenstein.

 

Sources say Rosenstein is prepared at this point to be fired. One source who spoke to him directly said he's at peace with it if it comes to fruition while also being confident he's acted with integrity when fulfilling his duties. He believes history will prove he was in the right by firing Comey and says the American public doesn't have all the facts that led up to his decision.

 

If he is indeed fired, overseeing the Russia investigation would either be handed to Solicitor General Noel Francisco or Trump's choice of successor, who needs to be confirmed by the Senate.

 

A group of 100 former Department of Justice officials prepared a statement telling Congress to be ready to act should Rosenstein be fired.

 

"It is up to the rest of us, and especially our elected representatives," reads the statement, "to come to their defense and oppose any attempt by the President or others to improperly interfere in the Department's work, including by firing either Mr. Mueller, Mr. Rosenstein, or the Department leadership or officials for the purpose of interfering in their investigations."The officials' statement adds, "Should the President take such a step, we call on Congress to swiftly and forcefully respond to protect the founding principles of our Congress to swiftly and forcefully respond to protect the founding principles of our Republic and the rule of law."

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