After Friday night’s blockbuster NYT report in which, according to Andrew McCabe’s personal files, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to record President Trump (whether in jest or not) and proposed invoking Article 25, speculation has intensified that President Trump may fire Rosenstein imminently. And while many of Trump’s allies have urged caution, fearing a trap, moments ago Axios reported that Rosenstein has decided to preempt that step by verbally resigning 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 he 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 NBC reported that Rosenstein is on his way to the White House in the expectation that he will be fired.
The news sent the S&P and the Dow to fresh session lows.
However, it’s worth noting that this report should be taken with a grain of salt. After all, Trump told Geraldo Rivera in an interview set to air Monday that he wouldn’t fire Rosenstein until he had “all of the facts.”