Will Rod Rosenstein be fired, or will he quit, or... ?
Those questions were at the center of a frantic drama today involving the Justice Department, White House and Capitol Hill.
- Driving the news: Axios' Jonathan Swan reported today that Rosenstein offered his verbal resignation to John Kelly, and went to the White House today expecting to get fired.
What we know: Rosenstein is still the deputy attorney general and he'll meet with Trump on Thursday.
- Sarah Sanders statement: “At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories. Because the President is at the United Nations General Assembly and has a full schedule with leaders from around the world, they will meet on Thursday when the President returns to Washington, D.C.”
What we don't know: Whether Rosenstein's resignation offer has been accepted — and if so, under what terms and when it would be announced.
The bottom line: The direction of the Mueller investigation is at stake.