Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to meet Trump Thursday

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Instead, Rosenstein was summoned to the White House where he had an "extended conversation" about recent news reports, but was not fired.

Mr Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian 2016 election meddling, past year after Mr Trump fired James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

The Rosenstein furor, kicked off by unconfirmed reports that he had verbally resigned, underscored the mounting tension in the White House over the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

US media reported the imminent departure of US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Monday.

Rosenstein would not be meeting in person on Monday with Trump, who is in NY attending the United Nations General Assembly.

Additionally, sources told ABC News that, according to the memos, Rosenstein raised the possibility of recruiting members of the president's Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for being unfit.

Some of the president's most outspoken supporters have railed against Rosenstein with Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., at one point, describing the deputy attorney general and other former Justice Department officials as "traitors to our nation".

Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May of previous year after Sessions, who ordinarily would have overseen the investigation, recused himself because of his close involvement in the Trump campaign.

Then, several other news organizations began to report that Rod Rosenstein had not submitted his resignation but was expecting to be fired.

And on Saturday, another Trump cable favourite, Jeanine Pirro, took to Twitter to wonder if Rosenstein himself leaked the story "to force" Trump to fire him.

Trump has regularly targeted both Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions since Mueller was first tapped in May 2017 to oversee the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign, as well as possible obstruction of justice committed by the president when he fired FBI Director James Comey previous year.

Rosenstein also claimed that the anonymous sources cited in the story were motivated by anti-DOJ sentiment and their "personal agenda".

Sessions withdrew from the Russian Federation inquiry soon after he took office, to Trump's dismay, and Rosenstein later appointed Mueller.

Rosenstein is the official who started the special counsel investigation into Russian contacts with Donald Trump's team after Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from the matter.

Trump is slated to return to Washington on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning. He reportedly also whispered to Cabinet officials about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.

The report "must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt objective of firing Rosenstein in order to install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation", Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted. "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" he has written. It runs first to the deputy attorney general, then the associate attorney general, and then the solicitor general, followed by assistant attorneys general.

Current and former government officials, including lawmakers, had long warned Mr Trump against firing or pushing out Mr Rosenstein. "It might even trigger a constitutional crisis".

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