Earlier today we learned from a leak that President Trump firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is a matter of “when” and not “if,” and now we have just learned about what Rosenstein thinks of him potentially being fired.
“Three sources” who have spoken to Rosenstein in private, say he remains “stoic and righteous” in the face of losing his job as Trump obstructs justice. In private, Rosenstein has repeated the phrase, “Here I stand,” a reference to Martin Luther’s famous quote, “Here I stand, I can do no other.”
One of the three sources who spoke to Rosenstein said he seemed fully aware that he may soon lose his job and that he is at peace with the possibility because he believes that all he did was carry out his job with integrity. The sources also say he seems “less anxious than he has been at previous times when the president has criticized him.”
What this says is that Rosenstein, who has all the facts as to why Trump’s lawyer was raided by the FBI, knows that history will vindicate him if Trump fires him, because when all the facts come out, he will be in the right and Trump will be in the wrong.
If Rosenstein is fired, the next in line to oversee Mueller’s probe is Solicitor General Noel Francisco, though Trump could choose to replace Rosenstein with anyone who has been confirmed by the Senate.