McCabe: Rosenstein firing would put Mueller probe at risk

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabeAndrew George McCabeThe Hill's Morning Report — Will Congress do anything on gun control? McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing McCabe says it's 'absolutely' time to launch impeachment inquiry into Trump MORE on Monday warned that if Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Rosenstein10 declassified Russia collusion revelations that could rock Washington this fall Why the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing MORE is fired or resigns, it would put special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerMueller report fades from political conversation Trump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony MORE's investigation at risk.

"If the rumors of Deputy AG's [sic] Rosenstein's departure are true, I am deeply concerned that it puts that investigation at risk," McCabe said in a statement about the top DOJ official overseeing the Mueller probe.

McCabe emphasized that it is imperative for Mueller's investigation to be able to continue unimpeded.

"There is nothing more important to the integrity of law enforcement and the rule of law than protecting the investigation of Special Counsel Mueller," McCabe's statement continues. "I sacrificed personally and professionally to help put the investigation on a proper course and subsequently made every effort to protect it."

Conflicting reports about whether Rosenstein would be fired or resign emerged on Monday morning, with some outlets reporting that he has either verbally resigned and others that say he will refuse to step down but expected to be fired.

Questions about Rosenstein's job security exploded after The New York Times published a bombshell story on Friday that said the deputy attorney general had spoken to other officials about wearing a wire to record the president.

The story also said Rosenstein had discussed the possibility of Cabinet officials invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office last year. Rosenstein and the Justice Department fiercely disputed the story.

“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” Rosenstein said in a statement issued by the Justice Department. “I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda."

"But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment,” he added.

In his statement on Monday, McCabe denied providing "information of any kind to the media" about events following FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien Comey3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 Barr predicts progressive prosecutors will lead to 'more crime, more victims' James Comey shows our criminal justice system works as intended MORE's firing. The story about Rosenstein offering to wear a wire to a meeting with Trump was thought to be based in part on memos written by McCabe after Comey's firing.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsDOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE fired McCabe earlier this year after an internal investigation found that McCabe had made improper disclosures to the press and that he "lacked candor" in discussing the matter afterward with investigators.