Between the lines: Trump would be happy if Jeff Sessions or his deputy Rosenstein resigned, according to multiple sources who’ve discussed both men with the President. But Trump’s lawyers have been urging him not to meddle in the Justice Department and to avoid any actions that look like he’s interfering with Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Some Trump allies thought his tweet would put the DoJ leadership in a bind: accept the President’s order (one many will hate), or resign.
A former administration official, who stays in touch with a number of people involved in these discussions, told me on Saturday that exactly this would happen. The source presented it as a perfect way to “set the predicate” for getting rid of Rosenstein.
A current senior administration official then told me they’d heard this idea was being kicked around, but didn’t think Trump would ultimately follow through with it.