Rod Rosenstein, the USA 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.
If Rosenstein resigns, Trump has more leeway on replacing him while firing him would make it harder for Trump to designate a successor.
Because Kavanaugh has shown in his past writings and opinions that he has an expansive view of presidential power-the judge once argued sitting presidents should not burdened with "civil suits, criminal investigations, or criminal prosecutions"-Rosenstein's possible firing and Kavanaugh's possible promotion to the most powerful court in the nation could have massive implications for the future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation".
If Rosenstein were forced out, the line of authority would skip the associate attorney general (which is being handled on an acting basis following the departure earlier this year of Rachel Brand) and go to the solicitor general, Noel Francisco. There is more reporting happening now from seemingly other sources in the government, and the picture is a bit clearer than it was a couple hours ago.
Rosenstein and Trump, who is in NY for a United Nations meeting, had an extended conversation to discuss recent news stories about negative comments Rosenstein is reported to have made past year about the president, Sanders said.
Those developments came one week after Rosenstein laid the groundwork for the firing of Comey by writing a memo that criticized Comey's handling of the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server.
Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal of CT said at a news conference Monday that if Rosenstein is fired it would amount to a "break the glass moment", and said that he hopes that Republican lawmakers "will rise to this challenge and will hold true to their promise that there would be a firestorm if he is fired".
Like, how long will he survive in his job after the big story on Friday in the New York Times that said he discussed ousting the president via the 25th Amendment.
Rosenstein denied the Times' story. "I haven't gotten all the facts", the president said in the radio interview that aired Monday.
The commotion about Rosenstein's future adds to the turmoil roiling the administration, just six weeks before midterm elections with control of Congress at stake.
But GOP allies of Trump urged him to hold off on a purge of Justice Department officials until after the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Trump has dubbed the investigation a "witch hunt".
President Donald Trump gave Rosenstein a three-day reprieve pending their face-to-face White House showdown on Thursday.
If Rosenstein resigned, however, the obstruction problem becomes "much less acute", Ohlin said, because resigning involves "at least some level of personal choice", even if it occurred under intense pressure.
Below is context and analysis I had previously written in preparation for Rosenstein's firing.