(National Sentinel)Â Next Up: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has reportedly told some people close to him that he is prepared to be fired soon by President Donald J. Trump following his latest round of public criticism.
As reported byÂ NBC News:
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has struck a stoic and righteous tone in private conversations he has had this week about the fate of his job as President Donald Trump has launched public criticism against him and considered firing him, according to three sources who have spoken to Rosenstein.
In those conversations, he has repeated the phrase, “Here I stand,” a reference to Martin Luther’s famous quote, “Here I stand, I can do no other.” Coincidentally, former FBI Director James Comey, whom Rosenstein fired, repeated the same phrase to President George W. Bush in a conversation that has been widely reported and that Comey describes in his forthcoming book.
One source who spoke to Rosenstein said he seemed fully aware he may soon lose his job and was at peace with the possibility, confident he had done his job with integrity.
Rosenstein also said he stands by his recommendation to fire former FBI Director James Comey and has told confidantes that history will prove him right.
Sources toldÂ NBC News that throughout 2017, he often let his anxiety flare when he was publicly chastised by the president.
But in recent months he is decidedly less anxious and appears to have even accepted his fate.
Many have criticized Rosenstein for appointing special counsel Robert Mueller, who has since gone on a fishing expedition seeking to indict as many former Trump associates and staffers as possible since he lacks any evidence that the president has done anything wrong.
For his part, Comey said during congressional testimony after his firing that he hoped his leak of a classified memo to a friend, who then leaked it to the media, would trigger a special counsel probe.
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