The Latest: McCabe says Russia probe could be ‘at risk’
NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (all times local):
Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe says that if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves his post, it puts the special counsel’s Russia investigation “at risk.”
The Associated Press has confirmed that Rosenstein is heading to the White House with the expectation that he will be fired. Rosenstein oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia election meddling and has been the probe’s chief public defender.
The development comes just days after reports that in the days after the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein had raised the idea of secretly recording President Donald Trump and of invoking the 25th Amendment to have the Cabinet remove the president from office.
McCabe says in a statement that he had “no role” in providing information of “any kind” for those news reports.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expecting to be fired Monday at the White House, after critical comments about President Donald Trump.
That’s according to a source familiar with his thinking who wasn’t authorized to speak on the record and spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.
It follows reports Friday that Rosenstein floated the idea of secretly recording Trump last year and that he raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump as unfit for office. Rosenstein has denied the reports.
President Donald Trump has not decided whether to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for reportedly questioning the president’s fitness to serve.
Trump told Geraldo Rivera in an interview aired Monday that he’s looking at what, if anything, to do about Rosenstein’s reported actions. The New York Times first reported that in 2017, Rosenstein had proposed secretly recording Trump and suggested his removal from office. Trump laid blame for the controversy at the feet of his attorney general.
“He was hired by Jeff Sessions,” Trump said in the interview, which was aired on “Fox & Friends.” As for Rosenstein’s future, Trump says, “We will make a determination. It’s certainly a very sad story.”
Rosenstein issued a pair of denials, saying The Times report is inaccurate.