Isn’t it interesting how 25th Amendment remedies have been discussed for nearly the entire duration of Trump’s occupation of the Oval Office, but when it is learned that Rosenstein (a Trump appointee, remember) expressed concern, that’s grounds to be fired?
I’ve no doubt the Devin Nunes/Jim Jordan/Mark Meadows/Matt Goetz crowd will try to plug this narrative into the Deep State conspiracists’ playbook. But as Richard Parker points out, so what? Even if Trump fires Rosenstein, Noel Francisco is probably not willing to become Trump’s consigliere after an illustrious legal career.
Trump is stuck with Francisco until at least past the mid-terms because the Senate is preoccupied with trying to push through the disgusting Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination – and that’s assuming Republicans can hang onto the Senate. There will be no time to confirm a new AG, unless, oh, Betsy DeVos steps into the role. That would go well, no? The entire DOJ/FBI would come unstuck.
In any case, it’s too late. The work is pretty much done by Mueller and distributed strategically to ensure the investigation will go forward no matter what. Even if Trump succeeds in stopping a report from issuing from the Special Counsel, there are workarounds to bring the information to the public’s attention.
As for your concerns regarding public opinion, most of the public isn’t buying the Deep State bullshit and I see nothing in the Times story that will sway it in a substantial way. Frankly, I think it would be more concerning if those close to the Trump “presidency” weren’t considering 25th Amendment remedies.