Andrew McCabe worries Rod Rosenstein departure would likely affect Russia investigation

(L-R) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe additional law enforcement officials hold a news conference to announce an 'international cybercrime enforcement action' at the Department of Justice July 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. 

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(L-R) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, then Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe additional law enforcement officials hold a news conference to announce an ‘international cybercrime enforcement action’ at the Department of Justice July 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. 

Andrew McCabe, the former FBI No. 2 ousted earlier This particular year, said Monday of which Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s reported departure could imperil special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Multiple reports Monday said Rosenstein was summoned to the White House along with could be on his way out of the Justice Department. Stories conflicted about whether he plans to resign or would likely force the White House to fire him.

The rumblings about Rosenstein’s departure follow explosive reports last week of which he discussed President Donald Trump’s possible removal via the 25th Amendment following Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey last year. The completely new York Times first reported the story, citing sources briefed on the events or on memos written by FBI officials including McCabe.

In a statement Monday, McCabe said he “had no role in providing information of any kind to the media stories about events following Director Comey’s firing.” The director’s ouster led to Rosenstein overseeing the probe into Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election along with the deputy attorney general’s appointment of Mueller.

“If the rumors of Deputy AG’s Rosenstein’s departure are true, I am deeply concerned of which the idea puts of which investigation at risk,” McCabe said.

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