After the drama the Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein went thru over the last week or so?
Things seem to be calming down….
A NY Times story that reported some comments by Rosenstein made has taught him to keep his real thoughts private….(Tillerson and Kelly learned the same thing…)
Getting rid of Rosenstein just about everyone thinks would NOT be a smart thing for Donald Trump to do….But Trump could do something irrational….
One former White House official told The Hill that “firing Rosenstein before the election would be a tremendous political mistake, regardless of the merits. If the president wants to guarantee a Democrat majority and an impeachment trial, firing Rosenstein now is the way to do it.”
Republicans fear that a Rosenstein ouster would make an already difficult gradient even steeper in November’s midterm elections. It would take the focus off the economy, which most in the GOP consider their strongest card, and would further energize Democrats, who are already fired up to deliver a rebuke to a president whom many of them detest…
The catalyst for the current crisis was a New York Times story on Friday reporting that Rosenstein had at one point mulled secretly recording the president and had wanted to gauge support among the Cabinet for invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
Rosenstein pushed back against the report.
As for Thursday’s meeting, “it is hard to know how to react until you know how it is going to play out,” said Robert Litt, who served as general counsel to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence during former President Obama’s administration.
“If this is simply a requirement that Rod Rosenstein go and apologize to the president that’s one thing,” Litt added. “If this is going to be an occasion where the president tries to extract some commitments from Rosenstein in exchange for not firing him, that’s another kettle of fish.”
Such a move could backfire in the worst way for Trump, since it would pique Mueller’s interest further as to whether the president has engaged in obstruction of justice.