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Rod Rosenstein is reportedly channeling Martin Luther as he waits to be fired

President Trump's growing frustration with the Justice Department has led Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, to believe that he will be fired soon.

Rosenstein, who has faced public criticism from Trump this week via Twitter, is prepared to be fired, sources told NBC News, and has reportedly accepted this eventuality. He has even taken to quoting Martin Luther: "Here I stand," he has reportedly said in private conversations, invoking the German monk's famous refrain, "Here I stand, I can do no other."

Rosenstein is overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign was involved with Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. When the FBI conducted a raid Monday on Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen with approval from Rosenstein, Trump was reportedly enraged. The rising tension has led lawmakers to fear that Trump will dismiss Rosenstein, which critics say could cause a constitutional crisis.

Crisis or not, Rosenstein is apparently stoic and prepared for the worst. NBC News reports that he is "at peace with the possibility" of being fired and believes he has acted with integrity. Read more at NBC News.