fter Friday night’s blockbuster NYT report in which according to Andrew McCabe’s personal files, the deputy Attorney General has offered to record president Trump (whether or not jokingly), and proposed invoking Article 25, and which prompted speculation that Trump would fire Rosenstein imminently, moments ago Axios reported that Rosenstein has decided preempt that step and has verbally resigned 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 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.