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Here’s Why It Matters if Rod Rosenstein Gets Fired — or if He Resigns

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There are now conflicting reports about whether deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein plans to resign from his position or whether the Trump White House plans to fire him.

While the original report from Axios claimed that Rosenstein planned to resign in anticipation of being fired by President Donald Trump, a source tells NBC News’ Pete Williams that Rosenstein instead intends to force the White House to fire him, while vowing to not go quietly as he leaves.

While the end result would be the same — that is, Rosenstein would no longer be deputy Attorney General and would no longer oversee special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election — the way in which he leaves is crucially important to the future of the investigation.

As the Washington Post’s Aaron Blake explains on Twitter, Rosenstein could potentially limit the president’s ability to appoint a successor if he forces him to fire him, whereas the president could pick whomever he chooses should Rosenstein tender his resignation.

“Federal Vacancies Reform Act gives Trump power to appoint an Acting AG if it’s a resignation,” notes Blake. “If he’s fired? It’s murkier. If Rosenstein forces Trump to fire him, Trump might have to fight legally to appoint an acting AG.”

Blake goes on to note that the White House earlier this year claimed that former Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin willingly resigned, whereas Shulkin has insisted that he was fired and did not resign voluntarily.

This means that the White House could be trying to get word out that Rosenstein resigned as part of a spin campaign to justify Trump being given total power to appoint his replacement.

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‘Was I Unmasked?’: Trump Appears to Admit Talking to Foreign Individuals Being Monitored When He Was a Candidate

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President Donald Trump wants to know how many times he was “unmasked” while he was a candidate for the Oval Office. That would mean he appears to know now he was talking to foreign individuals who were being monitored – and some would likely want to know who and why.

Unmasking is the lawful process of identifying a U.S. citizen or legal resident who was speaking to a foreign person or government that U.S. intelligence agents are monitoring. It can be used to determine if they were caught in any illicit activity, or might be a target of illegal activity.

Speaking about his disgraced former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn, Trump told right wing radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday, “we’re talking about unmasking, yes. That was a big deal. Horrible deal where they unmasked {Flynn] so many times.”

“I think he’s got to have the record for unmasking,” Trump said, which suggests he knows Flynn was talking to foreign individuals, apparently frequently.

“Maybe I do, you know, because we’re still looking how many times did they unmask me. Let’s find that out, too, because look, they were spying on our campaign. They were using him and others, and they were spying on my campaign. So was I unmasked?”

Trump’s claims of his campaign being “spied on” have been thoroughly debunked, time and time again.

“So far, they haven’t said, but let’s see what happens. I think you’re going to have a very interesting report coming out with Durham. Not report, I hope it’s not going to be a report. The last thing I want is another report. We’ve had enough reports.”

 

 

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Trump Press Conference Ends Minutes in as Secret Service Agent Escorts President Out

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President Donald Trump was just escorted out of the White House press briefing room minutes after he began his press conference. Details are still coming in but it appears Secret Service agents calmly ushered the President out of the room.

The White House reportedly is on lockdown, according to MSNBC.

It appears the White House press corps are not being allowed to leave the room.

“There was a shooting outside of the White House,” Trump says upon returning minutes later. He says reporter John Roberts reported he heard shots. He also says he was taken to the Oval Office, and “law enforcement” shot the suspect.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated.

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Trump Puts Gettysburg on RNC Speech Shortlist – 4 Years Ago He Was There Complaining About the ‘Rigged’ Election System

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President Donald Trump still has not decided if the RNC should hold the most important portion of the 2020 convention at the White House or at the site of the Battle of Gettysburg.

The last time Trump visited the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, late October 2016, he “declared that the system is rigged against him, that election results cannot be trusted, that Hillary Clinton should have been barred from running for president, that the media is ‘corrupt’ and that he will sue all of the women who have accused him of sexual assault,” The Washington Post reported at the time.

“Trump also implied that what he called rampant voter fraud could cost him the election and said the media was ‘dishonest.'”

The newspaper added that Trump also spent “more than 13 minutes listing his grievances.”

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