Rod Rosenstein’s job safe for now, might not be after Thursday.

By | 2018-09-24T10:59:27+00:00 September 24th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

Did you enjoy the roller coaster ride this morning? 

Courtesy of NYT:

President Trump will meet with Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, on Thursday to discuss reports that Mr. Rosenstein talked about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office, Sarah Sanders, the press secretary, said on Monday.

The announcement came just hours after the revelation that Mr. Rosenstein was considering resigning, which set off a flurry of speculation about who would replace him at the Justice Department, where Mr. Rosenstein oversees the Russia investigation.

Ms. Sanders, in a statement, said that Mr. Rosenstein and Mr. Trump had “an extended conversation” about the reports — including the fact that Mr. Rosenstein had discussed secretly taping the president. She said the two men will meet on Thursday when the president returns to Washington from New York, where he is attending the United Nations General Assembly.

Over the weekend, Mr. Rosenstein called a White House official and said he was considering quitting, and a person close to the White House said he was resigning. On Monday morning, after again calling John F. Kelly, the White House chief of staff, to discuss the prospect of his resignation, Mr. Rosenstein headed to the White House to meet with Mr. Kelly.

But Mr. Rosenstein later departed the White House, escorted by Mr. Kelly, with his fate at the Justice Department still unclear.

There were a lot of conflicting reports coming out earlier this morning, but most of the news outlets seemed pretty convinced that Rosenstein was going to be out of a job today. 

In fact, there was so much attention directed at that certainty that it almost buried the report about the second Kavanaugh accuser.

That. of course, turned out not to be true, and now we are being told that we should all get similarly worked up on Thursday.

You know the same Thursday when Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh are supposed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Anybody else noticing a pattern? 

Hey look I really do think that Rosenstein’s job might be in jeopardy, and I would not be at all surprised if he was given the heave-ho on Thursday. 

I just want to point out that Trump is used to using distraction to his advantage so it behooves us to make sure that we can pay attention to more than one breaking story at a time. 

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8 Comments

  1. anonymous September 24, 2018 at 1:55 pm

    ““Trump not only wants Rosenstein out—he wants to make Rosenstein part of his Deep State/Drain the Swamp/They’re all out to get me narrative,” Sumner wrote. “He wants it immediately. Because this thing is slipping away from him by the hour, and he knows it.””
    “The scariest thing about Rod Rosenstein isn’t that he protected the continued existence of Robert Mueller’s investigation: it’s that he signed an order expanding the scope of that investigation to include the money-laundering scheme on which Paul Manafort was convicted. ”

    https://www.alternet.org/one-piece-paper-threatens-trump-his-very-core-and-explains-why-he-needs-rosenstein-out-now

  2. DR September 24, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    “The veteran newsman went on to claim that although “history may look back on it in a different way,” the president is clearly working to distract from his imploding Supreme Court nominee.

    “This is about Kavanaugh,” “The Rosenstein business is a distraction from Kavanaugh.””

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/watch-veteran-journalist-dan-rather-explains-todays-trumpworld-news-even-crazier-watergate/

    FB>”And another crazy news day… wow! But as I am inundated with news alerts and the almost manic anticipation of waiting for other shoes to drop I am reminded of how little we really know. What is going to happen with Rosenstein, or Kavanaugh, or the Mueller investigation? What is the state of play in the midterm elections? What will happen when we look back at this time from the distance of months or years as opposed to how it feels to travel through this wormhole of the absurd in real time?
    I can think of few moments in my life when the news seemed to more crowd out the rest of daily life, and I have lived through a lot. Part of that is of course the unprecedented age in which we find ourselves.
    But a lot of that is also the immediacy of our technological age. I remember listening to the dispatches on the radio from World War II. Huge battles were being waged on land, sea, and in the air. The fate of the world hung in the balance. But we often had to wait days until we heard what took place and often we only got broad contours instead of individual stories. Such was the nature and scope of the conflict and the ability to report from the front lines.
    Covering stories like the civil rights movement, or Vietnam, or the fall of the Soviet Union, or Watergate, I remember feeling the immediacy of deadlines but still having the space to try to make sense of the bigger picture. That feels much more difficult today. So I beseech you as savvy news consumers, do not shy away from the firehose of stories flowing forth, but also try not to drown from the sheer volume.
    There are many twists and turns ahead, ones we can never predict. Stay informed, but also stay steady.”

  3. Anonymous September 24, 2018 at 4:57 pm

    The adults have three days to hammer into Trump’s narcissistic tiny pea brain that firing Rod Rosenstein is a really bad idea and he shouldn’t do it.

    They’ll fail.

    It’s a slow rolling Saturday Night Massacre. The upside? The Democrats will take both the House and Senate, they’ll obstruct Trump and the Republicans and if someone can pump some backbone into the Democratic leadership, finally successfully impeach an American president.

  4. Anon September 24, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Trump will be forced to resign on Wednesday.!!!

  5. Anonymous September 24, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/09/24/schiff-warns-trump-firing-rosenstein.html

    “A resignation from the deputy attorney general would give Trump the opportunity to pick somebody that could do his bidding and derail the Mueller investigation.

    Firing Rosenstein, on the other hand, would open up even more legal questions for the president and be yet another exhibit in Mueller’s obstruction case against him.

    As Rep. Schiff said on Monday, Rosenstein should call the president’s bluff and stay where he is – don’t give him the easy way out. If the president wants to fire him, then he’ll have to own those consequences.”

  6. Anonymous September 27, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Trump will fire Rosenstein while we’re distracted with the Kavanaugh sideshow.

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