A source close to Rosenstein said he believes he will lose his job following the New York Times report on Friday that described him discussing secretly recording President Trump and enlisting other Cabinet officers to remove Trump from power under the 25th Amendment.
"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 on Twitter.
The House Judiciary Committee's top-ranking Democrat says President Donald Trump could add to a case of obstructing justice if he were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Trump was at the United Nations on Monday CNN reported Rosenstein was summoned for a meeting at the White House with Kelly.
Rosenstein had spent the weekend contemplating whether he should resign after a New York Times report last week said he had suggested secretly recording Trump in 2017, a source told Reuters.
Rosenstein denied the allegations made in the New York Times, although he has long clashed with Donald Trump.
Trump is well-known as a very big coward who can't fire people in person, and he is a creature who can only understand the human experience through major media, so this looks like a full-court PR press to pressure Rosenstein into resigning, so Trump can appoint a stooge to oversee the Mueller investigation.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted that if Trump terminated Rosenstein, Speaker Paul D. Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell "must immediately allow a vote on legislation to protect Special Counsel Mueller's ability to #FollowTheFacts".
Just last Friday, Trump referred in a speech to supporters to a "lingering stench" at the Justice Department that he would soon eradicate.
Likewise, some of Trump's advisers at Fox News, including Sean Hannity, have warned him it's a trap. "If Rosenstein forces Trump to fire him, Trump might have to fight legally to appoint an acting AG".
Rosenstein provoked the ire of Democrats again in December 2017 when, the night before he was due to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, the Department of Justice made public some anti-Trump texts exchanged between two Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. "We want to have transparency, we want to have openness, and I look forward to meeting with Rod at that time".
The report "must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt goal of firing Rosenstein in order to install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted.
Whether he is fired or resigns on his own could affect who will oversee the Russian Federation investigation.
The revelation that Rosenstein previous year had broached the idea of taping the president touched off a dramatic weekend of conversations with the White House in which he offered to one official to resign and confided to another that he was considering doing so, according to two people familiar with the discussions who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.