After the White House confirmed Rosenstein was safe for now, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced he and President Donald Trump would meet on Thursday, leaving intelligence officials temporarily relieved.
But the justice department head’s future is still uncertain.
On Friday, The New York Times reported that Rosenstein had discussed using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office and wearing a wire to record their conversations. Rosenstein has disputed the report, but it is said to have pushed Trump to weigh firing Rosenstein.
Rosenstein’s authority over the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election has made his fate a top concern for lawmakers and officials.
Here’s how the “poster child for the professional, competent, ethical, and fair-minded prosecutor” became one of the most-watched officials in Washington:
Rod Jay Rosenstein was born on January 13, 1965, in Philadelphia.
He earned an economics degree in 1986 from the University of Pennsylvania, where Trump graduated from the Wharton School 20 years earlier. In 1989, Rosenstein graduated from Harvard Law School.
Source: US News and World Report
After clerking with the DC Court of Appeals, Kenneth Starr recruited Rosenstein to investigate former President Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Whitewater Development Corporation business in Arkansas.
Source: Department of Justice