Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, charged with overseeing the Special Counsel investigation, is expected to resign his post within the next month, according to reports and government officials familiar with the matter.
Rosenstein, was expecting to complete his two-year tenure, but made the decision to depart on his own accord and was not pressured by the White House, Fox News reports state.
In October, former FBI General Counsel James Baker had told lawmakers that Rosenstein was “seriously” considering secretly recording President Donald Trump’s conversations in the Spring of 2017, as reported. Baker said Rosenstein also discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment on the president in an effort to remove him from office for being unfit, according to sources with direct knowledge of Baker’s deposition.
Baker had told lawmakers that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI attorney Lisa Page told him about the plans shortly after meeting with Rosenstein in May, 2017. Moreover, he told lawmakers that McCabe, Page and Rosenstein had discussed those possibilities but it did not come to fruition.
Baker, however, was not in the meeting with Rosenstein. A source with direct knowledge of the testimony claims Baker testified that “Andy McCabe, Lisa Page took seriously what Rosenstein had said, and when they returned to the office, the three of them discussed the possibility of secretly recording Trump.”
This story is developing.