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All Those Sources Who Said Rosenstein Was Out Are Wrong

At least until Thursday, it seems
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 24, 2018 10:30 AM CDT
Updated Sep 24, 2018 12:35 PM CDT
In this July 13, 2018, file photo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – That Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would end the day without a job seemed all but certain Monday morning, with major media outlets variously reporting he had either resigned, planned to do so, or would be fired before the day was out. Instead, it looks like he'll end Monday still in his job, with NBC News reporting a decision on his job status has been "postponed." Though Rosenstein visited the White House Monday, President Trump is in New York for a UN General Assembly meeting. Sarah Sanders says the two will now meet Thursday, which NBC News points out will likely be a very newsy day. The AP reports that Sanders said the men did speak Monday, however, in an "extended conversation" that occurred at Rosenstein's request.

The developments come in the wake of reports that Rosenstein had floated the idea of clandestinely recording President Trump. A sampling of the jumping-the-gun that occurred in the AM (now being roundly mocked by the Onion):

  • Axios reported by way of one source that Rosenstein verbally resigned to chief of staff John Kelly.
  • Bloomberg's sources also said he resigned and the White House had accepted that resignation.
  • The Washington Post's sources said he told the White House he would be willing to resign.
  • The New York Times reported it was unclear whether he'd resign or be fired.
  • CNBC reported that NBC News Justice Correspondent Pete Williams said Rosenstein would actually refuse to resign.
  • The AP reported Rosenstein was expecting to be fired.
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