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>> Morning Mr. Rosenstein, has anyone asked you to resign? US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man overseeing Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, headed to the White House Monday amid reports that he had offered to resign. In anticipation of being fired by President Trump.
But for now, Rosenstein still has a job. That may change after he meets with Trump on Thursday.>> What's going on we wanna have transparency, we wanna have openness, and I look forward to meeting with Rod at that time. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders tweeted Monday that Rosenstein and Trump had an extended conversation about recent news stories alluding to Friday's explosive New York Times report.
That said Rosenstein suggested that last year's secretly recording Trump with the aim of exposing white House chaos. And discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for being unfit. Rosenstein called the Times report inaccurate and factually incorrect. If Rosenstein, a long time Trump target departs the justice department, that could have a profound effect on the Russia probe says Reuters correspondent Jan Wolfe.
>> Rosenstein is a Republican but Democrats have rallied behind him with an outpouring of support in the last year because he has allowed the Russia investigation to continue despite the President's repeated attempts to portray it as a witch hunt. For about a year, firing Rosenstein has been a huge issue for Democrats, and some Republicans who've said that it would be an attempt to interfere with the investigation, and to obstruct justice.
The New York Times reporting, if accurate, could give President Trump his best opportunity to remove Rosenstein from office without having that spectre of obstruction of justice. The president can say, I'm doing this because he was disloyal and crossed a line by evoking the 25th amendment to remove me his boss from office.
>> Thursday's Trump- Rosenstein tete-a-tete threatens to steal a few headlines from the days other big story. The public testimony on Capitol Hill of Christine Blasey Ford, a woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Cavanaugh of sexual assault.