DEVELOPING: Rosenstein heading to White House amid speculation he will be ousted


Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian Federation election meddling, had been expecting to be fired Monday following after critical comments he made about Trump.

Rod Rosenstein, the U.S. deputy attorney general revealed to have discussed removing President Trump from office, travelled to the White House this morning amid expectations that his days in office were numbered.

Last week, there was a NYT report that said Rosenstein floated the idea of wearing a wire and speaking with Trump among other things. "We want to have transparency, we want to have openness, and I look forward to meeting with Rod at that time".

Questions about Rosenstein's future, long simmering, took on new life Friday with a New York Times report that in May 2017 discussions with Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials he suggested the idea of secretly recording Trump - remarks his defenders insist were merely sarcastic - and of invoking the Constitution to have the Cabinet consider removing him from office.

According to The Times, none of Rosenstein's proposals were acted upon and it remains unclear the level of seriousness Rosenstein had when making the suggestions.

Rosenstein issued a pair of denials, saying The Times report is inaccurate.

President Trump is facing a big decision about whether or not to fire a top official in the Justice Department. The investigation has resulted in indictments or guilty pleas from 32 people.

From their false FISA surveillance scandal to their hearing with FBI Agent Peter Strzork to the effort to oust Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Trump, House Republicans, and conservative media tried to thwart the Mueller probe, which the President is a subject of. Axios reported shortly afterwards that Rosenstein had "verbally resigned".

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Others involved in those May 2017 discussions said Rosenstein's comments about secretly recording the president were sarcastic, and came as McCabe was pressing the Justice Department to open an investigation into the president over the firing of Comey as possible obstruction of justice.

After Rosenstein met with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, he proceeded to a meeting of senior administration officials, indicating that at least for the moment, he was staying on the job.

The latest speculation surfaced Monday morning amid conflicting reports about Rosenstein's plans. The S&P 500 also ticked down briefly but recovered most of its losses.

Rosenstein's prospective departure throws into question the oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Sessions withdrew from the Russian Federation inquiry soon after he took office, to Trump's dismay, and Rosenstein later appointed Mueller.

Andrew McCabe, shown in 2017, expressed alarm Monday over the possibility that Rosenstein could be the next high-ranking law enforcement official to depart in the last 18 months.

McCabe was sacked by Sessions in March after the Justice Department's internal watchdog accused him of misconduct.