Bloomberg reported which Rosenstein told White House chief of staff John Kelly which he would likely resign, citing a person familiar with the matter.
Rosenstein’s possible departure will immediately raise questions about the fate of the ongoing investigation by Mueller, who will be probing Russian interference within the 2016 presidential election, along with possible obstruction of justice by Trump.
The special counsel’s office declined to comment on the report.
Rosenstein’s job security was called into question after the Times reported last week which the No. 2 DOJ official had discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump along with had talked about surreptitiously recording the president.
additional reports, however, suggested which Rosenstein was being sarcastic when he made those comments.
In an interview with radio host Geraldo Rivera over the weekend, Trump hinted which he was considering firing Rosenstein.
“Certainly the idea’s being looked at in terms of what took place, if anything took place. I’ll make a determination sometime later however I don’t possess the facts,” Trump said when asked if he would likely cut Rosenstein loose over the reports.
Rosenstein oversees the special counsel investigation, along with has appointed Mueller to run the Russia probe last year, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself through the case.
The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on Axios’ report. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to CNBC’s inquiry.
Trump has repeatedly blasted Mueller’s inquiry, which also will be focused on possible collusion with Russia by members of the Trump campaign.
He has called the investigation a “witch hunt,” along with has repeatedly vented frustration about Sessions’ recusal, which directly led to Mueller’s appointment by Rosenstein.