According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, a White House insider who has spoken with President Donald Trump claims the firing of both Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is imminent.
In a week that saw the office and home of Trump personal attorney Michael Cohen raided, the president has grown even more furious with his two top Justice Department officials. Sessions and Rosenstein were instrumental in the appointment of Robert Mueller, who made a referral on Cohen to federal prosecutors in New York.
Trump has repeatedly been highly critical of Sessions for recusing himself in the FBI’s investigation that allowed Rosenstein to appoint Mueller to look into accusations of Russian meddling in the 2016 election — which has since expanded into inquiries into alleged financial crimes committed by Trump associates.
According to the Journal, Trump began the week in “extreme frustration,” after learning about Cohen raid and that his mood has not improved since.
A White House official is now claiming Mueller, “appears to have gone from looking at Russian meddling to a quixotic search for the blue dress”— a reference to Monica Lewinsky’s stained dress that led to former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment proceedings — which has the Oval Office in an uproar.
The Journal spoke with two people who claim they have spoken to the president this week and said they felt Trump is close to booting both Sessions and Rosenstein in a purge of the Justice Department, setting the stage for shutting down the Mueller investigation.
“It’s a matter of when, not if,” admitted one Trump confidante, with another one stating, “Eventually, it will happen.”
The source added, that the Cohen raid — reportedly signed off on by Rosenstein — was “not good for the long-term relationship between the president and Sessions and Rosenstein.”
According to an NBC News report, Rosenstein is confiding that he fully expects his firing to come soon, stating, “Here I stand,” a reference to Martin Luther’s famous quote, “Here I stand, I can do no other.”
You can read the whole Wall Street Journal report here. (Subscription required.)