No longer is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “anxious and upset” about his fate in the Justice Department, according to three sources who spoke to NBC News on Friday, saying he is now “at peace with the possibility” of being fired by President Donald Trump. So much so, he’s even quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in private conversations, telling aides “Here I stand.”
The president has ramped up his attacks against the deputy attorney general, who is overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump claimed Rosenstein was more “conflicted” than Mueller in a tweet on Wednesday, pointing to the fact that he signed a FISA warrant allowing the surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page and also approved the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
By firing the deputy attorney general, Trump could essentially appoint anyone approved by the Senate — a move that could have severe implications for Mueller’s investigation.
Via NBC News:
One source who spoke to Rosenstein said he seemed fully aware he may soon lose his job and was at peace with the possibility, confident he had done his job with integrity.
Rosenstein has said in recent private conversations that history will prove he did the right thing by firing Comey in May 2017, claiming that the American people do not have all the facts about what led to his decision to write the memo that led to Comey’s dismissal, the sources said.
Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for Obama. Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter). No Collusion, so they go crazy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 11, 2018
With his apparent inevitable ousting arriving any day now, Rosenstein appears to have become his own greatest cheerleader.
Meanwhile, news broke today that Rosenstein had met with an ethics adviser at the Justice Department regarding his oversight of the special counsel’s investigation, and has since followed the counsel he was provided.
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