by Tyler Durden
After Friday night’s blockbuster NYT report in which, according to Andrew McCabe’s personal files, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to record President Trump (whether in jest or not) and proposed invoking Article 25, speculation has intensified that President Trump may fire Rosenstein imminently. And while many of Trump’s allies have urged caution, fearing a trap, moments ago Axios reported that Rosenstein has decided to preempt that step by verbally resigning to Chief of Staff John Kelly in anticipation of being fired by President Trump, according to a source with direct knowledge.
Per a source close to Rosenstein: “He’s expecting to be fired,” so he plans to step down.
Moments after the Axios headline hit the tape, CNN followed it up with a report that Rosenstein expects to be fired, and ABC and the AP reported that Rosenstein is on his way to the White House in the expectation that he will be fired.
Separately, Bloomberg reports that the White House has accepted Rosenstein’s verbal resignation.
The exact timing of the resignation is unclear, but he isn’t expected to be in job after Monday, according to another person familiar with the matter. The move comes after reports that Rosenstein suggested to colleagues last year that he would secretly record conversations with President Donald Trump.
Trump, meanwhile, is in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly.
Meanwhile MSNBC is reporting that Rosenstein will not resign, as he will “have” to be fired.