Rod Rosenstein’s highly partisan behavior means that the country would be best served by his departure, infers Charles Hurt of The Washington Times. The revelations that he allegedly mused ousting Donald Trump from the White House indicate that he doesn’t respect the wishes of the American people who supported the president with their votes. While Trump may be divisive, he was lawfully elected; any attempt to overthrow him is a violation of U.S. democracy. Rosenstein joking that he would wear a wire in the Oval Office could be seen as treasonous. Someone like him should not have the power to oversee the Russia investigation.
The departure of Rod Rosenstein would crush the checks and balances that currently limit the president’s power, suggests David Frum of The Atlantic. Most importantly, Donald Trump would be able to choose himself the next person that oversees the Russia investigation. Given that he is part of the people being investigated, he might very well appoint someone that shuts down Mueller’s probe. Him getting Rosenstein to resign, or to portray his firing as a resignation, would make things even worse. It would allow the customary Senate confirmation process to be omitted. Rosenstein leaving could undermine the rules that uphold U.S. democracy.