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

Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinSchumer to GOP: Cancel 'conspiracy hearings' on origins of Russia probe GOP chairman to seek subpoena power in investigation of Russia probe, 'unmasking' requests Rosenstein to testify as part of Graham's Russia investigation probe MORE has been privately telling people that he’s prepared to be fired by President TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points 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 ComeyFlynn urged Russian diplomat to have 'reciprocal' response to Obama sanctions, new transcripts show Comey, Rice, Clapper among GOP senator's targets for subpoenas amid Obama-era probe GOP chairman to seek subpoena power in investigation of Russia probe, 'unmasking' requests 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 (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE, which Trump is also reportedly considering doing. Rosenstein is currently overseeing Mueller's probe after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe Department of Justice should step aside in the George Floyd case The Memo: Trump tweets cross into new territory Sessions goes after Tuberville's coaching record in challenging him to debate 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.