While the rest of the nation is glued to their television sets, witnessing the bizarre soap opera surrounding Brett Kavanaugh, the President has made another major move.
The #RussiaGate investigation is still ongoing, although many of us have been distracted from that hullabaloo by the salacious stories surrounding the Supreme Court these days. Furthermore, Mueller’s inaction in previous weeks has led many to believe that any movement by the Special Counsel will likely come after the 2018 midterms, likely in order to preserve an air of impartiality that seems already desperately lost.
So when news broke last week that Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General, was in hot water for saying he hoped to “wear a wire” and somehow invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the President from office, it seemed as though his fate was sealed.
Now, however, the President has made a move that could allow Rosenstein to escape the hand of fate…at least for the time being.
President Donald Trump postponed a scheduled meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday, in order to not distract from congressional hearings for his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
“The president spoke with Rod Rosenstein a few minutes ago and they plan to meet next week,” press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters. “They do not want to do anything to interfere with the hearing.”
The White House said earlier this week that the purpose of Trump and Rosenstein’s meeting would be to discuss the deputy attorney general’s future at the Justice Department, amid conflicting reports Monday that Rosenstein was either planning to resign or expecting to be fired.
By midweek, however, Trump appeared to have moved away from the idea of firing Rosenstein. “My preference would be to keep him,” Trump said at a news conference Wednesday afternoon in New York. “I would certainly prefer not” firing him.
Americans have been increasingly wary of the Russian investigation, particularly after seeing the variety of non-Kremlin-related charges that have been drudged up by Robert Mueller’s team.