As reported by Washington Post’s Sari Horwitz, Rosalind S. Helderman, Josh Dawsey, and Matt Zapotosky: Jeff Sessions told Don McGahn, White House counsel, last weekend that Jeff Sessions might have to quit if President Donald Trump fires Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
A move that would indicate an increased vigor on Trump’s behalf to actuate the firing of Robert Mueller as Rosenstein is directly above Mueller’s special counsel since the Attorney General recused himself of the duty last year.
In the Washington Post report, it is said that Jeff Sessions’s warning came after Trump grew livid at Rod Rosenstein for having approved the FBI raid on Trump’s longtime attorney and so-called “fixer” Michael Cohen. Last Monday, President Trump went on an absolute rant to reporters about the raid that had occurred earlier in the day and included Cohen’s office, home, hotel room, and sundry digital materials and files.
Of course he also bashed the Russia investigation once again as being a “witch hunt” and threatened to fire Mueller.
If anything, Trump made the raid on all things Michael Cohen appear as though Cohen has been up to seedier business than that of which the public has been made aware. It was most relevant to Cohen’s having paid adult film star Stormy Daniels hush money in an effort to keep the story of her alleged affair with Trump out of the press during the presidential campaign.
Sessions has found himself subject to Trump’s unfettered ire repeatedly — mostly because of the decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. Would he really resign if Rosenstein gets fired or is Sessions signaling to Trump and the cooler heads of Trump’s inner circle — assuming there are some — what a nightmarish political scandal would sweep through the Trump administration should Rosenstein be fired?