The Rod Rosenstein drama isn't over yet

Stop the roller coaster ride, I want to get off

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in Washington
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The controversy swirling around Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has remained at the top of the headlines for more than a week now. But for a brief time on Monday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein stole the spotlight after a report from Axios hinted at his impending departure. The news set the political world abuzz over congressional interventions, the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, and constitutional crises. The chaos left us with more questions than answers about what's going on in the Justice Department.

"Rod Rosenstein has verbally resigned," Jonathan Swan initially reported, "in anticipation of being fired by President Trump." Not so, reported NBC's Pete Williams, who said Rosenstein had gone to the White House to tell Trump that he wouldn't resign and that the president would have to fire him to get rid of him. The Washington Post told its readers that Rosenstein "felt very compromised" over a New York Times report that alleged he had floated an invocation of the 25th Amendment to remove Trump. That had prompted negotiations over Rosenstein's departure that had lasted "all weekend," according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Edward Morrissey

Edward Morrissey has been writing about politics since 2003 in his blog, Captain's Quarters, and now writes for His columns have appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Post, The New York Sun, the Washington Times, and other newspapers. Morrissey has a daily Internet talk show on politics and culture at Hot Air. Since 2004, Morrissey has had a weekend talk radio show in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and often fills in as a guest on Salem Radio Network's nationally-syndicated shows. He lives in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota with his wife, son and daughter-in-law, and his two granddaughters. Morrissey's new book, GOING RED, will be published by Crown Forum on April 5, 2016.