Sixty percent of registered voters do not want President Donald Trump to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to a Harvard CAPS/Harris poll released to The Hill.
Rosenstein, who is second in command at the Justice Department, is set to meet with Trump next week regarding his future at the DOJ, according to reports. Trump’s request for the sit-down follows a report in The New York Times that Rosenstein discussed possibly secretly recording Trump and invoking the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
Rosenstein denies he discussed recording Trump and dismissed the report as “inaccurate and factually incorrect.”
His allies insisted the comments were made in jest.
“I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda,” Rosenstein said in a statement. “But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment.”
The poll found 52 percent of Republican respondents believe Rosenstein should be fired compared to 48 percent who do not.
“[The] poll shows the president would be on shaky ground to outright fire Rosenstein before the midterms,” Harvard CAPS/Harris Poll co-director Mark Penn told The Hill.
“He could order some investigation, review, or special counsel to look into the issues at the FBI, CIA, and [Department of Justice] — that is supported by a wide majority.”