Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who authorized the opening of Robert Mueller’s ‘Russiagate’ investigation is resigning from his position, according to media reports.
Rosenstein verbally resigned to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Monday morning, Axios reported. Rosenstein’s as-yet unconfirmed resignation came as he had been “expecting to be fired,” claimed Axios’ source.
Big breaking story emerging here in Washington. Rod Rosenstein – the man who oversees the Russia probe – has resigned, multiple US outlets reporting. That means someone new will be in charge of Mueller. Developing…
— Ben Riley-Smith (@benrileysmith) September 24, 2018
The resignation also comes days after a New York Times report revealed that Rosenstein suggested secretly recording President Trump in the White House to build a case for invoking the 25th Amendment and removing Trump from office for being unfit. Rosenstein allegedly suggested the secret recording in April of last year, after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey for his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.
US envoy to the UN, Nikki Haley denied that anyone within Trump’s administration actually discussed using the 25th Amendment to topple the president, and called such rumors “absurd.”
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