U.S. Deputy Attorney General's Job Hanging In Balance, Partisan Animosity Sensed In Washington

After Monday's flurry of conflicting U.S. media reports, it remains unknown whether U.S. President Donald Trump will fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

But if that happens, Democrats will be up in arms, as Rosenstein is supervising the investigation into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russia to clinch the 2016 presidential elections.

The two are slated to meet at the White House on Thursday, but it remains unknown what will happen. Some experts believe firing Rosenstein would be too risky a move for Trump.

The issue highlights the ongoing probe over whether Trump's campaign team colluded with Moscow in a bid to clinch the 2016 presidential elections, as Rosenstein is supervising the investigation into the controversial matter, which is headed by Special Council Robert Mueller. Trump has called the investigation a "witch hunt," while Democrats continue to support the investigation.

Should Rosenstein get the ax, there will likely be an outcry among Democrats.

GOP Strategist Ford O'Connell told Xinhua it is unclear how the Russia probe would be impacted if Rosenstein were fired.

"But politically, the Democrats would be screaming to high heavens and that's what you have to think about," he said.

Indeed, in the lead up to November's mid-term elections, a Rosenstein firing could galvanize Democratic voters to head out to the ballot box, and that would be bad for Trump, some experts opined.

Read more from Matthew Rusling at Xinhua 

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