According to reports, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has informed White House chief of staff John Kelly that he is going to resign before President Trump fires him, Axios reports.
According to the report, a source with direct knowledge told Axios that he is planning to step down because “he’s expecting to Deputy.”
Reports of Rod Rosenstein’s verbal resignation comes days after The New York Times published another anon article claiming that he proposed secretly recording conversations with President Trump and discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.
Rosenstein reportedly brought up the proposals after Trump fired former FBI director James Comey in the spring of 2017, according to the Times.
Rosenstein has denied the report and President Trump in a Monday interview left the door open to firing Rosenstein.
“I haven’t gotten all the facts, but certainly it’s being looked at in terms of what took place,” Trump said in response to a question about firing Rosenstein on WTAM radio’s “Geraldo in Cleveland” on Monday. “If anything took place and I’ll make a determination sometime later, but I don’t have the facts.”
Reports from multiple outlets on Monday morning indicated Rosenstein was heading to the White House, expecting to be fired.
Noel Francisco, the solicitor general, would take on oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe following Rosenstein’s resignation.