Reports: Rod Rosenstein on the way out — ‘He’s expecting to be fired’

On Monday, CNBC and others reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is resigning, citing a report at Axios.

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According to Axios, Rosenstein “verbally resigned to Chief of Staff John Kelly in anticipation of being fired by President Trump, according to a source with direct knowledge.”

“He’s expecting to be fired,”a second source reportedly told Axios.

CNBC reported:

Rosenstein’s expected resignation will immediately raise questions about the fate of the ongoing investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.

The special counsel’s office declined to comment on the report.

Rosenstein oversees the special counsel investigation, and has appointed Mueller to run the Russia probe last year, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the case.

This comes on the heels of reports that Rosenstein contemplated wearing a wire to secretly record President Trump and sought to enlist cabinet members in an effort to oust Trump using the 25th Amendment.  Rosenstein denied the allegations.

CNBC said that neither the White House nor the Justice Department immediately responded to requests for comments.

This is a breaking report — updates will be provided as they become available.

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