Rod Rosenstein secures his job

The current opinion of much of the United States’ voting age demographic in relation to president Donald Trump is a seemingly unsatisfied one. Popularity polls of the president’s work, though not completely reflective of the entire nation’s perspective, have consistently given insight into the opinions of much of the U.S.

This dissatisfaction of the presidency is in no way hidden from the public eye. In fact, it is a common topic of debate for many group of Americans, ranging from school aged children to current and former politicians. General Rod Rosenstein, notable source of dissatisfaction with the presidency, finally has his job and the Russia investigation secured. However, this was almost not the case.

Rosenstein is the head of parts of the Department of Justice, as well as the current overseer of the Russia Investigation. He gained this position after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from taking any part in overseeing Robert Mueller’s Investigation. A report published by the New York Times on Sept. 21 alleged that Rosenstein suggested recording President Trump secretly to expose the chaos within the White House.

It has been reported that Rosenstein discussed removing Trump from power on the basis of the 25th amendment, which states that the Vice President takes the president’s place if a he becomes “unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.” However, Rosenstein continues to vehemently deny these allegations.

“Regardless of what Trump is saying, Rosenstein should circulate the investigation,” said Early College Student Hans Oh. “It is Trump’s method to divert the method behind his opponent’s actions. The public should really hone in on what is really going on. ”

Being notified of this attempted impeachment, Trump and Rosenstein agreed to meet at the White House on Sept. 27, but the meeting was postponed to avoid interfering on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford.

“I also suppose the President’s schedule must have been busy, considering it was the opening of the United Nations General Assembly.” said Early College Civics and Economics teacher Rebecca Johnson-Kaserman.

The announcement of the first meeting came just hours after Rosenstein submitted his resignation to the Department of Justice. After much speculation on whether the Attorney General would be fired, Trump stated at a press conference on Sept. 26 that his preference is to keep Rosenstein.

The resignation and possible firing would have meant a loss in position for Rosenstein, leaving many wondering who will take the lead in the Russia investigation if he is no longer able. If Rosenstein left, his role in the investigation would be assumed by current Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco. In respect to that, Jeff Sessions’ Chief of Staff Matthew G. Whitaker would become Deputy Attorney General.

“Recent political events continue to make the American public hesitant to come to any conclusion about the situation of the Russia investigation,” said a student at Guilford who requested anonymity. “If people were more informed on what really happened, the American public would feel at ease with what is going on surrounding Mr. Rosenstein.”

This is not limited to the side of the political spectrum that opposes Trump. As it exists quite noticeably in his own Republican party.

“It certainly makes one question the stability of not only the Russia investigation if it were to change leadership, but also the DOJ as a whole, and undoubtedly if Rosenstein had been fired in his meeting with Trump that day,” said Early College Student Elena Carabeau.

While many Democrats were alarmed that firing Rosenstein could shut down or weaken the Russian probe, others are still concerned about the allegations against Rosenstein.

“It’s almost virtually unheard of for somebody in the bureaucracy to be wearing a wire, or allegedly wearing a wire while they’re meeting the President of the United States,” says Johnson-Kaserman. “The indictments, the stealing of documents in (American Attorney Michael) Cohen’s office, and wiretapping of the sitting president is just bizarre. It’s treason. If that is, in fact, what happened.”

However, Rosenstein’s position as Deputy Attorney General has been secured as of his meeting with President Trump in early October.

Since then, Rosenstein has continued to oversee the Russia investigation and had another recent appearance in the public eye. On Oct. 29, shortly after a shooting occurred at a Pittsburgh synagogue, he announced that there will be a new focus on eliminating hate crimes in the U.S. This anti-hate program will include a hate crime reporting website, among other things.

Rosenstein is back in business and here to stay.