"No matter what the president does [to Rosenstein], the Congress has an obligation to exercise our oversight role", Gaetz said on "The Story".
Rosenstein is in charge of the Russian Federation investigation since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from that, and Democrats say Trump would be obstructing the investigation if he fires Rosenstein. Unlike Trump, who frequently bashes Mueller's investigation, Rosenstein fully supported Mueller's ongoing probe.
To supervise the Mueller investigation, Francisco would first have to obtain a waiver, said Walter Shaub, who led the U.S. Office of Government Ethics until his resignation in July 2017.
Sekulow also said that he agreed with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham's proposal to appoint a special counsel to investigate Mueller's special counsel. He is now en route to the White House.
Any firing or resignation spells immediate uncertainty for an investigation that Rosenstein oversees and would place that responsibility in the hands of a replacement who Democrats fear would be less respectful of Mueller's independence and mandate.
It turns out Rosenstein was at the White House Monday, but only to fill in at a meeting for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
President Trump is facing a big decision about whether or not to fire a top official in the Justice Department.
"You press "send" on those packages - that prosecutorial parachute goes to various state attorneys general and various US attorneys" offices".
The messages were mixed, but more were in favour of containing the urge to fire Rosenstein, a move that would declare open warfare with the Justice Department and cast doubt on the future of the special counsel's Russian Federation probe, according to two people familiar with the exchanges but not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations.
"If the rumors of Deputy AG's Rosenstein's departure are true, I am deeply concerned that it puts that investigation at risk". Trump has consistently expressed displeasure with Sessions and Rosenstein on Twitter.
If Rosenstein resigns, Trump has more leeway on replacing him while firing him would make it harder for Trump to designate a successor. Some of Trump's fiercest congressional allies had already floated trying to impeach the deputy attorney general.
Rosenstein also signed off on Mueller sending a tax and fraud case against Michael Cohen to the US Attorney's office for the Southern District of NY, a move that ultimately led to an Federal Bureau of Investigation raid on the offices and homes of the President's former lawyer, who is now speaking with prosecutors.
These headlines threw the media into a frenzy this morning, as the fate of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation appeared to be hanging in the balance.
"Any attempt by the White House to subvert or manipulate law enforcement should be resisted", he said. "I sacrificed personally and professionally to help put the investigation on a proper course and subsequently made every effort to protect it".