Rosenstein reportedly resigned on Monday three days after the New York Times reported the deputy attorney general said he wanted to record conversations with President Donald Trump last year, and also discussed using the 25th amendment to remove the president from office. Rosenstein denied the report, and one source told the Times that the deputy attorney general had merely been joking.
But it looks like Rosenstein decided to leave his post anyway, and the White House accepted his resignation although some report he was fired.
On one hand, he was committed to protecting the investigation from conservatives inside and outside Congress who believed it was biased against the president and had urged Trump to fire the special counsel. But Rosenstein couldnt champion the investigation too much, or hed draw Trumps ire.
Rosensteins departure strikes at the heart of the Trump-Russia investigation because Mueller had to run major investigative decisions past the deputy attorney general. Rosensteins temporary replacement, Solicitor General Noel Francisco, could simply refuse to approve Muellers requests, effectively slowing the whole investigation to a crawl or even fire Mueller outright if he felt there was a reason to do so.
Read more: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/9/24/17157194/rosenstein-trump-mueller-fired-doj-fbi
Solicitor General Noel Francisco will temporarily replace. He could slow the investigation or even derail.
I am ANGRY!!!
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