On the day it was reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to wear a wire around President Donald Trump, he allegedly told a White House official he would resign and that he did not want Trump to fire him on Twitter.
The Washington Post published an in-depth look at Rosenstein's actions over the last two years, which included details about a September 21, 2018 New York Times story. Rosenstein was reported to have raised the idea of secretly recording Trump in 2017 to catch him saying something incriminating as the Russia investigation was getting off the ground.
On Friday, the Post reported that Rosenstein spoke with then-White House chief staff John Kelly about the Times report.
"I can go. I'm ready to go. I can resign. But I don't want to go out with a tweet," Rosenstein reportedly told Kelly. Trump has dismissed multiple people in his orbit with tweets.
Rosenstein was reportedly fearful of Trump ruining his reputation. He was the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland for 12 years starting in 2005 and joined the Trump administration as the deputy attorney general on April 26, 2017.
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