For a while yesterday afternoon it looked like Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was going to be fired because of a third-hand-reported story in the New York Times that said he made jokes about wearing a wire when he talked to Trump and was in the room when someone wondered about the 25th Amendment.
But he still has his job as of this writing and the White House demurred to speculate on his employment situation.
I have no more clues about the inner workings of the White House and Justice Department than the ibises picking up bugs in my back yard, but it occurs to me that this kerfuffle over Mr. Rosenstein was a badly-crafted attempt to distract our attention from the Brett Kavanaugh story, and it didn’t work. And even if it had, firing Mr. Rosenstein now would only make things worse for Trump and the White House. Oh, and it wouldn’t stop the Mueller investigation, either. To do that, they’d have to basically burn down the Department of Justice.
It also occurs to me that either Mr. Rosenstein has some very damning evidence on Trump and his corruption, or Trump thinks he has and isn’t willing to fire him so that he’d leak it afterwards as some sort of revenge. I’m not saying Mr. Rosenstein either has the dirt or would do something like that, but that’s how Trump operates and he probably thinks everyone has the same set of morals that he does.
Anyway, the distraction didn’t work, and it wasn’t helped by Judge Kavanugh going on TV last night and forcing the image of his alleged virginity on us.