BREAKING: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has reportedly resigned

BREAKING: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has reportedly resigned
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[Ed. – Fell on his own sword.]

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, is resigning Monday, according to Axios, which cited a source familiar with the matter.

NBC News’ Pete Williams, however, reported that Rosenstein would not resign of his own accord, after his off-the-cuff comments about President Donald Trump were revealed last week. He will only depart if the White House fired him, and will refuse to resign if asked to do so, Williams reported.

The news of Rosenstein’s potential departure was a “huge shock” to the Justice Department, Williams added.

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Justice Department official told The New York Times that Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the next link in the DOJ chain of command, would oversee the Russia investigation going forward.

Rosenstein was at the White House when Williams reported this on the air. Trump, however, is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly.

Bloomberg has reported that the White House accepted Rosenstein’s resignation, citing a person familiar with the matter.

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