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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he’s ready to be fired, as Trump attacks continue: report

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Rod Rosenstein stands ready to fall on his sword.

The deputy attorney general, facing flak from President Trump and right-wing media, has told confidants this week that he is ready to be fired, knowing that he has executed his job with integrity and honesty, according to a report.

"Here I stand," Rosenstein has told trusted aides, according to NBC News, referencing the stoic Martin Luther quote, "Here I stand, I can do no other."

On a relevant side note, then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey repeated the very same quote when he told President George W. Bush that he was prepared to resign over a legally dubious wire-tapping program in 2004.

The sources said Rosenstein is fully comfortable with the fact that he may soon lose his job. Previously, Rosenstein grew anxious every time Trump attacked him or the Justice Department over Twitter, but those days are now far behind him, according to the sources.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

The White House has made it no secret that Trump is considering axing Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russian government.

Trump has also not ruled out firing Mueller, prompting widespread fears of a constitutional crisis.

"We've been advised that the President certainly has the power to make that decision," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Tuesday.

Trump has been fuming about Rosenstein, the FBI and the Justice Department at large since federal agents raided his personal attorney Michael Cohen's Manhattan office and hotel room on Monday.

The agents seized a cache of records, including communications between Trump and Cohen. The high-profile raid, which was the result of information uncovered by Mueller's team, could only have been approved by the highest tiers of the Justice Department.

Rosenstein has overseen the Justice Department's sweeping probe into Russian election meddling since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself last March.

Sessions' recusal outraged Trump, and set into a motion a series of events that led to Mueller's appointment.

As rumors continued to swirl that Trump might fire Rosenstein, some members of Congress were quick to note what the consequence would be if the President follows through on his threats.

"If @realDonaldTrump fires the Deputy AG," Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-Penn.) tweeted, "I will immediately introduce an article of impeachment. This is a clear attempt to obstruct justice."

 

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