Rod Rosenstein and President Trump
It has been written in stone. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is meeting with President Trump this Thursday at the White House. If it’s a coincidence that Christine Blasey Ford will be testifying as well on Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding her accusations of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh, we’ll leave that for another day since I believe Trump is an expert at throwing shiny objects into a corner.
The Rosenstein-Trump meeting is based on reports that Rosenstein spoke with other White House Officials about instituting the 25th Amendment against the President and that he also considered wearing a wire and recording secretly conversations with Trump. Rosenstein has denied those allegations. I’ve actually posted a prior article arguing that maybe the Trump team planted this story as a way to get rid of Rosenstein.
Why Rosenstein Can’t Be Fired
Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein is in charge of the Robert Mueller investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself due to conflicts of interests. There’s no denying that President Trump wants to end the Mueller probe and the only way to get rid of Mueller is through Rosenstein. Fire Rosenstein, replace him with a flunky loyalist to Trump and Mueller disappears, or does he?
No doubt this will create a constitutional crisis of which this country has never seen before. Will Republicans fight back and allow this, or step up to the plate and do what is right to protect Mueller? The issue is not only about party over country, but the sanctity of the law.
Democrats are preparing for the possibility of a Rosenstein firing and Rep. Elijah Cummings already called out the GOP to hold an emergency session if this happens. Besides Representative Cummings, the nation is preparing as well with scheduled protests.
Will President Trump Fire Rosenstein
I consistently blog my opinion as well as predictions, but this time, I don’t know. What President Trump wants to do, says he will do and actually do, are three different things.
In part, I find it inconceivable that any President of the United States would take such actions knowing full well the consequences legally, politically, and socially. But, I have to remove my emotions from the equation and realize that President Trump has proven capable of that and more.
This isn’t an exaggeration by any stretch of the imagination to say that if President Trump fires Rosenstein, this will be a constitutional crisis like this nation has never seen before and with Kavanaugh’s appointment hanging by a thread, a mini-constitutional crisis, the stars have aligned and the timing could not be better for President Trump to take such actions.
Thursday is a turning point in Trump’s administration regardless of what happens. If the Rosenstein firing leads to Mueller getting fired, most likely after the mid-term elections, we will witness a crisis. And as much as I think Mueller has played the firing game to perfection and he has quietly gotten indictments and convictions, if Mueller isn’t fired, this may lead to Trump’s impeachment, and considering the polarization of today’s politics, that will also lead to a crisis and further divisiveness in our country.
A Presidential Catch- 22.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Today Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein went for a ride on Air Force One, reminiscent of Fredo going for a boat ride in the Godfather 2.
Prior Posts on Rod Rosenstein