More rumors about the impending firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have been circling throughout the media and the political class. The man in question himself has decided to strike a “stoic and righteous tone in private conversations he has had this week about the fate of his job as President Donald Trump has launched public criticism against him and considered firing him.”
The firing of Rosenstein would be the most consequential action of President Trump’s first term and will likely set in motion a series of events that will end in impeachment and removal of President Trump, or a major defeat of the democrat linked Deep State within the federal government.
In his private conversations, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has repeated the phrase, “Here I stand,” a reference to Martin Luther’s famous quote, “Here I stand, I can do no other.” This was likely to signal his upcoming alliance with dismissed FBI Director James Comey, who repeated the same phrase to President George W. Bush in a confrontation that Comey describes in his forthcoming book.
According to NBC, 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.
Those same sources spoke to Rosenstein multiple times over the course of his tenure as the No. 2 attorney at the Justice Department and say Rosenstein now seems less anxious than he has been at previous times when the president has criticized him.
They previously described Rosenstein as anxious and upset under the pressure of public criticism for his role in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey as well as the president’s wrath for his subsequent decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Particularly in early summer 2017, around the time he fired Comey, and towards the end of the year as Trump increased his public denunciations of Rosenstein, sources say they witnessed the deputy attorney general’s anxiety flare, sometimes in late-night phone calls.
READ: He’s turning into James Comey.
If Rosenstein is fired, the next in line to oversee Mueller’s probe is Solicitor General Noel Francisco. However, President Trump could choose to replace Rosenstein with anyone who has been confirmed by the Senate, for example, Mick Mulvaney, Scott Pruit, and Rick Perry.
A law passed in 1998 gives the president the authority to fill any vacant positions that require Senate confirmation with any other person working in the government who’s already been confirmed by the Senate.
This is what Trump did with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: He used the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998 to give control of the bureau to Mick Mulvaney — who was already confirmed as budget director — after its director resigned. A judge confirmed his authority in a lawsuit brought against him by the resigning director’s chosen successor.
President Trump on Wednesday attacked Rosenstein’s ability to continue in his position because of his reauthorization of the Deep State surveillance of the President and his closest confidants in the campaign, as well as having written the memorandum that was used in the firing of James Comey.
Alan Dershowitz, a criminal defense lawyer and professor, agreed with the President and said Rosenstein should be recused from overseeing the Russia investigation because he is a witness to issues under investigation, like the firing of FBI Director James Comey.