DOJ Source Claims Rod Rosenstein Was Joking

President Donald Trump pauses as he speaks during a campaign rally

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He plans to step down, Axios reported.

In the immediate hours after The New York Times reported Friday on Rosenstein's supposedly sarcastic musings about wearing a wire to document chaos in the administration, Trump questioned whether to fire him immediately, people familiar with the conversations said. He denied both allegations. He is now en route to the White House.

Meanwhile, The Associated Press reported Monday that Trump had yet decided on Rosenstein's fate for reportedly questioning the president's fitness to serve.

"I remember this meeting and remember the wire comment", a source who was in the room told Fox News.

Update 2: Solicitor General Noel Francisco will now oversee the Mueller investigation, according to rules cited by Vox. If Rosenstein is fired it limits Trump's options.

Rosenstein is in charge of the Russian Federation investigation. Trump has repeatedly attacked Sessions for that move. The Justice Department also has drawn attention to other instances in which Mr. McCabe has made statements that later have been proved false. He was supervising the probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions had to recuse himself because of his involvement in the campaign.

The Times quoted other sources who said Rosenstein was serious, however.

Rosenstein was one of two Justice Department officials who continued to request that surveillance even after Trump's inauguration, which suggested that it was yielding valid foreign intelligence.

"I know that everyone knows by now that Trump is a narcissist, but we have to stop treating that like it's an unfortunate personality tick and start treating it like what it is: a serious, dangerous, mental illness", he continued.

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