Congressional Republicans, Democrats and some Trump aides have warned for months that the president shouldn't fire Rosenstein, saying such a move could lead to impeachment proceedings if the Democrats retake the House in the upcoming mid-terms.
Associated Press originally reported that Rosenstein had been summoned to the White House and expected to be fired. With Rosenstein possibly out of the way, Trump is freer to meddle in Muller's investigation. Rosenstein has denied the reports. The officials were removed from the investigation (and Strzok was later fired), but Trump used the texts to strengthen his case that there was a bias against him at the DOJ.
That would have seen the president kicked out of the White House because of an unspecified "impairment" and Vice President Mike Pence take over his job.
Before named by Trump to serve as the No. 2 to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rosenstein served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland.
"It will be a different matter if the president orders him to fire Mueller".
"At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories", Sanders said in a statement. Trump has repeatedly called the probe a "witch hunt".
But the Justice Department rules are crystal clear about which law enforcement official wields that power.
The removal of Rosenstein from the office of Deputy Attorney General puts Mueller's investigation in danger, as Trump will nominate Rosenstein's replacement.
Sekulow also said that he agreed with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham's proposal to appoint a special counsel to investigate Mueller's special counsel.
Rosenstein's decisions, including the renewal of a warrant to surveil a former Trump campaign adviser, have prompted furious Twitter outbursts from the president. President Donald Trump fired James Comey as director the week before, the sources said.
A frantic Monday morning left Rosenstein's future - and that of the Russian Federation investigation - uncertain.
Sessions withdrew from the Russian Federation inquiry soon after he took office, to Trump's dismay, and Rosenstein later appointed Mueller.