Rod Rosenstein expecting to be fired, AP source says

U.S. Deputy Attorney General In Charge of Russia Investigation Offers to Resign as He Is Accused of Plotting Trump’s Removal

U.S. Deputy Attorney Geenral Rod Rosenstein

Judge Andrew Napolitano said Monday on America's Newsroom that the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation will continue with or without Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the Justice Department. Rosenstein said he was joking, but is reportedly leaving his post as deputy attorney general.

Per a second source with direct knowledge: "'He's expecting to be fired, ' so he plans to step down", writes Axios.

President Donald Trump speaks at the United Nations on Monday in NY with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.

The move comes just six weeks ahead of the November 6 congressional elections, and could become an explosive political issue as Mr Trump's fellow Republicans try to keep control of Congress.

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If Trump can get rid of Rosenstein, he can instate Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the next-in-line at the Justice Department - an official likely to be much less friendly to Mueller who would allow the investigation to end more to the liking of the president.

The development follows a report that America's second most senior law official a year ago talked about ousting Mr Trump and secretly recording him.

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In statements Friday, Rosenstein denied he ever seriously contemplated secretly recording the president or pursuing the 25th amendment replacement of a sitting president, as was first reported by The New York Times.

Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and oversees the federal probe into possible collusion between Russian Federation and the 2016 election campaign of then-Republican candidate Trump.

Mr Rosenstein was due to attend a meeting in the White House on Monday. Trump and his supporters argue the Justice Department has run amok with "bias" and abuse of power, which they say includes inappropriate snooping on Trump's campaign in 2016.

Sekulow also said that he agreed with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham's proposal to appoint a special counsel to investigate Mueller's special counsel.

Sekulow and Giuliani have worked mightily to discredit Mueller, his team of seasoned investigators and the entire probe, which the president has repeatedly called "a hoax" and a "witch hunt" while insisting there was "no collusion!" Trump has consistently expressed displeasure with Sessions and Rosenstein on Twitter. "If the rumors of Deputy AG's Rosenstein's departure are true, I am deeply concerned that it puts that investigation at risk".

Trump also has blasted Sessions frequently and said last week "I don't have an attorney general".

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