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Still Looks Like Rod Rolled Trump

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (C) shakes hands with an unidentified man as Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) walks away after a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 24, 2018.... White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (C) shakes hands with an unidentified man as Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) walks away after a meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, on September 24, 2018. - Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general overseeing the probe into alleged collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump, was received Monday at the White House as US media reported he was about to resign or be fired. (Photo by Jim WATSON / AFP) (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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September 25, 2018 9:13 p.m.

Interesting follow up here from the Post about Monday’s Rosenstein drama. As predicted, it now seems most likely that Rosenstein will not leave at all, or at least not until after the midterm election. So what happened?

I speculated Monday afternoon that Rosenstein might have been resigned to leaving. But he may have insisted that if Trump wanted him gone they had to fire him. He wasn’t going to resign. The Post’s suggests that it wasn’t about firing or resigning. The Post says that Rosenstein “told the White House he was willing to quit if President Trump wouldn’t disparage him.”

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