Rod Rosenstein, the seniormost official in the US Justice Department now overseeing the Robert Mueller probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the US 2016 elections is said to have verbally offered his resignation to Donald Trump's chief of staff John Kelly Monday.
Rosenstein met with chief of staff John Kelly and spoke with Trump, who is in NY.
But he's declining to say whether he still has confidence in Rosenstein following reports Rosenstein discussed possibly secretly recording the president and raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
The reports come as Trump faces mounting pressure from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.
Even as he took issue with the reports, Rosenstein arrived at the White House on Monday expecting to be fired, according to another person who spoke on condition of anonymity.
As of early Monday afternoon, it was still unclear whether Rosenstein would be fired, resign or remain in his position.
The move comes after reports that Mr Rosenstein suggested to colleagues previous year that he would secretly record conversations with President Donald Trump.
Rosenstein denied the allegations made in the New York Times, although he has long clashed with Donald Trump.More news: Amid Trump's Trade War with China, Beijing Slashes Tariffs on Imports
The departure of Mr Rosenstein - who named Mr Mueller to be special counsel in May 2017 - has enormous implications for the investigation and for the president.
Just last Friday, Trump referred in a speech to supporters to a "lingering stench" at the Justice Department that he would soon eradicate.
On a radio talk show over the weekend, Trump signaled his unhappiness over the Rosenstein story: "I think it's a very sad story", Trump said.
Rosenstein, in May 2017, appointed Special Counsel Mueller to head up the Russian Federation investigation - which sees Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice, as part of a wider concern that Russian Federation colluded with his presidential campaign.
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"I don't want to comment on it".
Mr Trump himself was in NY for a meeting of the UN General Assembly. But let me be clear about this: "based on my personal dealing with the President, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment", he said in a statement.
Senior Republicans are advising President Trump to go slow on making a decision about firing Rosenstein.
Sekulow and Giuliani have worked mightily to discredit Mueller, his team of seasoned investigators and the entire probe, which the president has repeatedly called "a hoax" and a "witch hunt" while insisting there was "no collusion!"
Rosenstein overseas Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. There will likely be another update today, as this war for our Deputy Attorney General's job plays out in the media. "Don't put this country through a constitutional crisis".