Update 3: The White House has finally weighed in on the Rosenstein “is he in or out” controversy. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has said that Rosenstein will meet with Trump on Thursday.
“At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. “Because the President is at the United Nations General Assembly and has a full schedule with leaders from around the world, they will meet on Thursday when the President returns to Washington, DC.”
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Update 2: Rosenstein reportedly traveled to the White House on Monday for an NSC meeting…the plot thickens…
Update 1: WSJ is now reporting that Rosenstein hasn’t tendered his resignation – at least not yet. “The situation is still fluid,” the paper said.
Though multiple outlets are reporting that Rosenstein has been summoned to the White House with the expectation of being sacked.
Meanwhile…Trump is reportedly on a call with Kelly, who is at the White House.
In a statement, former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe said that “if rumors about Rosenstein’s departure are true, I’m deeply concerned” that the Mueller probe could be at risk.
One analyst pointed out that Rosenstein’s firing would trigger a “political earthquake”: “If Rosenstein is fired or resigns, this will be the last step for Trump before firing Mueller as well. And if this happens, believe me if I say that it will definitely not just be ‘noise’… it will be a political earthquake with heavy consequences also on markets.”
The breathless coverage and speculation has prompted some well-timed jokes on twitter.