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How Trump Got Rolled

UNITED STATES - MAY 24: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arrives in the Capitol for a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the FBI informant relating to the Russia investigation on May 24, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MAY 24: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arrives in the Capitol for a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the FBI informant relating to the Russia investigation on May 24, 2018. (Pho... UNITED STATES - MAY 24: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein arrives in the Capitol for a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on the FBI informant relating to the Russia investigation on May 24, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) MORE LESS
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September 24, 2018 2:21 p.m.

A bit more speculation. White House officials were clearly telling reporters with certainty this morning that Rod Rosenstein was out. There was ambiguity about whether he would be fired or resign, and that certainty seems to have been driven in large part by sources at the DOJ who made clear that Rosenstein would have to be fired. But I go back to the point that White House officials, at least until near the end, were saying this was a done deal. Rosenstein was out, only the details were to be determined.

So what happened?

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