MSBNC and CNN reported Mr Rosenstein was summoned for a meeting at the White House today. You can read it to see why it's important for him to stay on as Deputy Attorney General, what would happen if he were to be fired, and why it would be politically foolish for Trump to fire Rosenstein ahead of the midterms.
Mr Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian 2016 election meddling, previous year after Mr Trump fired James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
The report "must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt objective of firing Rosenstein in order to install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted. Since the appointment, Rosenstein has shown no sign of wanting to impede or end Mueller's investigation.
President Donald Trump speaks at the United Nations on Monday in NY with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley.
"If the rumors of Deputy AG's Rosenstein's departure are true, I am deeply concerned that it puts that investigation at risk". Other reports said Rosenstein expected to be fired while NBC News reported Rosenstein said he would not resign and the White House would have to fire him.
He was also accused of making critical comments about the U.S. president.
President Trump, however, is in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly, and it's unclear if he would accept a resignation, fire Rosenstein, or ask he remain onboard. Rosenstein said the report was "inaccurate".
"I don't want to comment on it. But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment".
Since then, Trump has increasingly railed against Sessions, Rosenstein and the special counsel investigation as it has led to indictments of almost three dozen individuals and guilty pleas from one-time Trump associates Michael Flynn, Rick Gates, Paul Manafort and George Papadopoulos.
Rosenstein first raised the question of the 25th Amendment and considered wearing a wire in the spring of 2017, The Times said, citing sources in the Department of Justice and FBI who were present in conversations with Rosenstein or were briefed on memos that the former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe wrote about Rosenstein. It will be an important distinction, not just the optics of it but for potential obstruction of justice or for what comes next in the Russian Federation investigation.
If Rosenstein resigned, however, the obstruction problem becomes "much less acute", Ohlin said, because resigning involves "at least some level of personal choice", even if it occurred under intense pressure.
Some of the president's most outspoken supporters have railed against Rosenstein.
Democrats and many Republicans have warned Trump against any attempt to assume control of or shut down Mueller's investigation, either by firing Rosenstein to appoint a pliable successor, or dismissing Mueller directly.
"Don't do it. Do not go down this path. Don't put this country through a constitutional crisis".