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Reports: Rod Rosenstein Will Meet With Trump on Thursday

Reports: Rod Rosenstein Will Meet With Trump on Thursday

Trump said he wants all the facts before he comments on Rosenstein.

Earlier this morning, Axios has reported that “Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has verbally resigned to Chief of Staff John Kelly in anticipation of being fired by President Trump, according to a source with direct knowledge.”

Other reports indicate that Rosenstein is headed to the White House and “expecting to be fired” and he will not resign.

Now it has emerged that Rosenstein will meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday.

Last week, The New York Times wrote using anonymous resources that Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to tape Trump and try to rally Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment.

From The Hill:

“At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Monday.

“Because the President is at the United Nations General Assembly and has a full schedule with leaders from around the world, they will meet on Thursday when the President returns to Washington, D.C.”

Axios must have gotten its information from a meeting that happened on Sunday when Rosenstein met with Kelly. Sources told USA Today that he discussed possibly resigning with the chief of staff. The same source said that Rosenstein went to the White House today to speak with Kelly again and “had expected to be fired, but it does not appear that his status has changed.”

*From earlier today…

Trump spoke this morning to Geraldo Rivera on his “Geraldo in Cleveland” radio show that airs on WTAM and mentioned Rosenstein. From The New York Times:

Advisers have sought to keep Mr. Trump from firing Mr. Rosenstein, at least until after the midterm elections in November, for fear of a backlash. Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from overseeing the Russia investigation, Mr. Rosenstein supervises the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III.

“I don’t want to comment on it until I get all the facts,” Mr. Trump said when asked if he would fire Mr. Rosenstein. “I haven’t gotten all the facts, but certainly it’s being looked at in terms of what took place. If anything took place and I’ll make a determination sometime later, but I don’t have the facts.”


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Rat. Sinking ship. Some disassembly required.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Rusty Bill. | September 24, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Hopefully, this is the start of a wave swamp critters being swept out, including Mueller. Then we need a special prosecutor to give these arrogant swamp critters a taste of their own medicine, perhaps followed by firing squads:)

    No honor among thieves. Finger pointing already started. None of them wants to end up being the scapegoat. They were all “heroes” at one time not so long ago. Then an election happened.

I should be fired or resign. Same with the others that have been fired and/or resigned (mcabe, yates, etc.

Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you sit on, this behavior should not be tolerated.
Same if Hillary had gotten elected,

He’ll demand to be fired? What a condescending little crapper he is. As though he’s the wronged one…. He’s the one that signed the FISA application and he’s the one in with this treacherous clique.

Does it make any difference if he resigns or is fired? Does the reason he is fired make any difference?

I’m wondering if he is taking Brennans advice and not releasing declassified documents.

So he leaked to the media that he’s heroically going to the White House to force Trump to back him or fire him? Is that it?

This is being done to protect Rosenstein and the greater anti-Trump resistance.

While the exact reasons for outing Rosenstein are not known at this time [the substantiating documents were available to the Mueller investigation, the FBI and, presumably, to McCabe which clouds the analysis of the exact reason for the action] a report that Rosentein will resign, BEFORE the President can fire him, is designed to paint Rosenstein as a victim of Trump.

Rosenstein was in a very bad position due to the order to release various Russia Collusion documents, sans redactions. He did sign one of the FISA warrant applications, after all. Also, release of these documents would, potentially, harm Democrat election chances in the midterms. So, he was scrambling to forestall that action, without committing an act which would be prosecutable.

Once he was outed, by the Times, his position became untenable. If he remains an employee of the DOJ, he is subject to an IG investigation and would have to agree to be interviewed by the IG. He would seek to avoid ending up in McCabe’s position. And, Trump has shown an inclination to allow IG investigations to run their course before firing government employees involved in the investigations. So, it is advantageous to him to resign.

The problem that the libs face is that Rosenstein has been acting to protect the Mueller investigation and serve as the firewall against release of documents incriminating to members, and former members, of the government. They can not acknowledge that Rosenstein was acting against the interests of the current administration and the people of the United States. So, watch for the spin that Rosenstein’s remarks were all simply a jest and that Rosenstein resigned because he no longer had the “trust” of the POTUS and wished to spare himself the embarrassment of being fired. In other words, he will be painted as a victim of Trump’s mercurial and “unstable” nature.

This also takes the pressure off of a timely release of the ordered documents as well as any immediate pressure to end the Mueller investigation, or see the collapse of that investigation before the midterms elections. Because of Sessions’ recusal, we have to wait for another appointment to be made and that will take some time.

It will be interesting to see how this unfolds.

    Because of Sessions’ recusal, we have to wait for another appointment to be made and that will take some time.

    NOPE! It would normally be Noel Francisco (which I don’t think would be bad), but as reported elsewhere unless unless the White House has secretly issued a waiver of Executive Order 13770, which bars Francisco from participating in the Mueller investigation due to Jones Day’s representation of the Trump campaign.

    It’s either an appointment by Trump, or there’s a succession list. But it WILL happen almost immediately.

      That is the problem. To simply plug in another longtime career DOJ official does nothing to eliminate the Rosenstein problem. All you are going to get is another Establishment quisling.

Good bye, Mr. Limpet Rosenstein. You will be missed by the Left 🙂 Still trying to figure out how this little wuss got so high on the food chain 😉

    Why is that a mystery? He was the senior U.S. Attorney in the nation, appreciated as an apolitical lawman by successive administrations and came highly recommended. If you believe Andy McCarthy on the matter, this remained true until he was horrified by the Democratic backlash over the Comey firing, whereupon he appointed Mueller etc. to “apolitically” wash his hands of all partisan taint. The subsequent praise – in the vein of Comey, where all was forgiven because he was perceived as being against Trump – justified his original decision.

    But as for why he was hired? Not a mystery at all. He did his job and was considered squeaky clean.

      oldgoat36 in reply to JBourque. | September 24, 2018 at 11:52 am

      We hear that same praise with almost every one of these characters who turn out to be far from what is described.

      McCabe, Comey, Mueller, heck, they even describe Hillary is flowery terms.

      Rosenstein was hired by Sessions, yet his fingerprints have been all over the Trump spying and FISA stuff. How is that “squeaky clean”?

      The swamp rats are all called squeaky clean by the rest of the rat pack. Is that truly an endorsement?

      Ragspierre in reply to JBourque. | September 24, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Sorry I down=twinkled you by mistake.

      Immolate in reply to JBourque. | September 24, 2018 at 12:01 pm

      I guess the “squeaky clean” merit badge is one of those that everyone in federal law enforcement earns by not getting caught dirty. Hey, from 30,000 feet, even San Francisco looks squeaky clean.

      JusticeDelivered in reply to JBourque. | September 24, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      “He did his job and was considered squeaky clean.”

      In other words, he was a really smooth con man.

        In spite of six downvotes, everything I wrote was absolutely correct at the time Rosenstein was nominated by Trump for the Deputy AG job, no doubt at Sessions’ insistence. If that makes him a smooth con man, so be it. Bureaucracies are full of them.

        Clearly when his principles were put to the test, the principle of serving the administration honorably played second fiddle to the principle of looking apolitical and trying to come out smelling like a rose.

      G. de La Hoya in reply to JBourque. | September 25, 2018 at 4:24 am

      Rosenstein is a weasel. He looks like a weasel and acts like a weasel. If he was Hollywood, the poor guy would be typecast for weasel roles only. No mystery to me and he is still a wuss 🙂 He will see some type of hard time in the future 😉

    No one survives at a high level in DC unless they are part of, or in the pocket of, the Establishment. Rosenstein, and Sessions for that matter, are no exception. When ev eryone likes you in Washington, you are a member of the Establishment.

    What people tend to forget, or ignore, is that almost everyone in Washington, on both sides of the aisle, hate and fear Trump. Almost everyone, in a position of power there, has worked against Trump and for the Establishment. There are few notable exceptions. But, Rosenstein and Sessions are not among them.

Remember this whole story is based on anonymous sources. Hence there’s a good chance it’s all a lie. If Rosenstein tells Trump that Trump should leave him alone until after the midterm.

However if Rosenstein confirms the story then he should be fired ASAP. Can you imagine if a high ranking DOJ official had said what Rosenstein supposedly said about Obama?

Trump has to be really pissed at how Kavanaugh is being treated. Could this be the start of the payback? I hope so. It’s long overdue.

Rush is reporting that Rosenstein is heading to the WH for a scheduled meeting. Trump is out of town so maybe it is Kelly. Looks like Rosenstein may be taking advise from master drama queen Comey on how to orchestrate events to look like a victim. These guys are giving Boy Scouts a bad name.

at 12:43 p.m. today, sarah Sanders tweeted that since POTUS is in New York at UN, he and Rosenstein will meet Thursday to discuss situation.

    So with Ford again failing to testify on Thursday, is Rosenstein going to seize the spotlight to state a dramatic resignation to embarrass Trump?

      oldgoat36 in reply to Pasadena Phil. | September 24, 2018 at 6:47 pm

      I think either Rosenstein resigning or getting fired will be welcome news to Republicans who are paying even a slight bit to the goings on orchestrated by him.

      I don’t care if he resigns or is fired. Either is fine by me as long as he is gone. It might just mean that Mueller is stopped from calling the shots on his extremely broad definition of what his job is. The way Mueller is acting, it’s as if HE is the boss, and Rosenstein merely the rubber stamp for whatever he wants to expand his duties to. They are both deep state as far as I can see, given how both have conducted themselves with this phony investigation and how they both have a hand in ruining lives for the sake of “getting” Trump.

      Rod was a real “gem” when he went before Congress. A weasel at best.

        My point was not a condemnation of the demise of Rosenstein. I was pointing out how big events always seem to happen in pairs.

        There’s a good chance that McConnell will schedule a confirmation vote on the Senate floor Thursday or Friday regardless of whether Grassley can conclude proceedings with or without the appearance of Ford. He pretty much said so a couple of hours ago. Since no one expects Ford to ever testify, that would be a dud for the Dems which would be an opportunity for Rosenstein to play victim and seize the day. The “resistance” would then segue back into their obstruction of justice mode.

        That’s the way it works these days. I say McConnell should announce that the Senate will vote on Kavanaugh Thursday period and put an end to the Grassley circus. We can handle anything Rosenstein throws at us. I expect nothing to happen with that anyway. Rosenstein must now know by now that he is doomed anyway and is looking for a smooth way out. I’m sure Trump will cut a deal that will help him drain the swamp. He sure sounds chirpy and triumphant this week.

So what would be the result of Trump refusing to accept a resignation and simply demanding he get on with the declass?

As I believe in the old adage, “keep your enemies close”, I wouldn’t fire Rosenstien. I’d have Gen. Kelly make it crystal clear that his signing of the FISA Warrant seems questionable (strike one). His behavior during Congressional testimony and alleged threat to “look into” members of Congress was questionable (strike two) and now the allegation from the NYT story just makes him seem sketchy at best (stoke three). I’d then ask him why, in his opinion, it seems McCabe “outed” him to the NYT considering McCabe is under investigation? Then. . . .I’d send him back to his office to marinate on everything with a, “have a good day Rod”.

Make sure he’s checked for surveillance equip and his phone is left outside oval office

    gmac124 in reply to stl. | September 24, 2018 at 7:22 pm

    Let him bring a wire tap. Just set up a camera and record everything. That way they can’t take anything out of context and use it against you.

    forksdad in reply to stl. | September 24, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Make it obvious and humiliating but don’t comment on it.

Oh, to be a fly on the wall…

Should anyone be really surprised if this turns out to be another case of the media getting it wrong, again?