Rosenstein privately saying he's prepared to be fired by Trump: report

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinBarr’s first task as AG: Look at former FBI leaders’ conduct 5 myths about William Barr William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump MORE has been privately telling people that he’s prepared to be fired by President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing MORE, NBC News reported Friday.

Trump has reportedly been considering firing the No. 2 official at the Justice Department.

Sources told NBC News that Rosenstein is relatively calm and preparing for the possibility that Trump decides to dismiss him.

He has reportedly used the phrase “Here I stand” during conversations with others, referring to Martin Luther's famous quote, "Here I stand, I can do no other."


Sources said that Rosenstein is at peace with his work and that history will vindicate his decisions, including the choice to write a memo that led to the firing of former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyPavlich: Mueller’s indictment of the media How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt … until agents bit Mueller’s report: Release enough, but not too much MORE.

CNN reported last week that Trump was considering firing Rosenstein in response to the FBI raid on his personal lawyer Michael Cohen's office, residence and hotel room. Rosenstein personally signed off on the raid. 

The deputy attorney general is the only individual with the power to fire special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, which Trump is also reportedly considering doing. Rosenstein is currently overseeing Mueller's probe after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsNadler sends Whitaker questions on possible contacts with Trump over Mueller probe Graham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Martin, Bobby and the will to change MORE recused himself from the investigation into Russian election interference. Most observers speculate that Rosenstein would refuse to fire Mueller if Trump asked.

Trump and Rosenstein met in the White House Thursday for what was reportedly a regularly scheduled visit.