As Allegra Kirkland notes, a handful of House Freedom Caucus Republicans are calling for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to testify before Congress under oath. They’ve called for similar things before, including Rosenstein’s impeachment.
Notably, however, no one — not even these ultra-conservative usual suspects — is calling for Trump to fire Rosenstein on Thursday.
Instead, Republicans are interested in a range of alternatives. Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Jim Jordan (R-OH), Mark Meadows (R-NC) want to see Rosenstein interrogated. Others also want an investigation of some sort. Sen. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) on Sunday reiterated their past calls for a second special counsel to investigate the DOJ. Part of such a second special counsel’s purview would be to “find out who else, if anyone, was in the room” when he discussed the 25th Amendment “and then give Rod a chance to explain whether or not it’s true and the context in which it was said,” Gowdy said.
Others, such as Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME) and John Cornyn (R-TX), have expressed varying sympathy for Rosenstein. He’s done “a good job in a tough position,” Cornyn said. Collins went further, tweeting that she was “very concerned” he might “be fired or forced to resign,” continuing that “the Deputy AG plays a critical role in overseeing the investigation headed by special counsel Mueller.”
I’m very concerned by reports that Deputy AG Rosenstein will either be fired or forced to resign.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) September 24, 2018
Speculation continues to swirl that the Thursday meeting with the President could be Rosenstein’s last, but, as Josh notes, Trump, despite his reality television persona, doesn’t like to fire people in person — especially not without seeking the counsel of his allies. And, as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Thursday testimony and November’s midterm elections loom large, it seems the President has few allies in Congress who are going to tell him to go ahead and cut Rosenstein loose.