Attorney General Jeff Sessions has told President Trump he will likely resign if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is fired.
Sessions made the comments a few months ago, but they are receiving renewed interest in the wake of Rosenstein’s Thursday meeting at the White House with Trump.
The meeting comes after Rosenstein plotted to secretly record President Trump and use the 25th Amendment to overthrow him, according to the New York Times.
According to USA Today:
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions told the White House he might resign if President Trump fires the deputy attorney general overseeing the investigation into Russian election meddling, according to The Washington Postand The Wall Street Journal, each citing unnamed sources.
Sessions told White House counsel Donald McGahn in a phone call last weekend that he would consider quitting if Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Post reported. At the time, Sessions was concerned Trump was close to dismissing Rosenstein because the president was furious about the FBI raid on the office of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
According to media reports, Trump discussed the possibility of firing Rosenstein with senior administration officials because Rosenstein approved the April 9 raids.
Sessions did not mean to raise the possibility of his resignation as a threat, but “rather wanted to convey the untenable position that Rosenstein’s firing would put him in,” a source told the Post.”