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'The Beginning of the End of the Trump Presidency': NYT Columnist Argues that Rod Rosenstein's Fate Could Determine the Country's Future

"I think the people who are going to work in that department understand so long as Rosenstein is there, he represents a kind of a shield for what it is that they do."

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who has made clear he is protecting special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation from undue influence, plans to meet with President Donald Trump Thursday for an encounter that could result in his resignation, his termination, or his staying on the job.

Bret Stephens, a New York Times columnist, argued on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" with host Nicolle Wallace Tuesday that the outcome of this meeting could have massive implications for the future of the country.

"I think the stakes are basically this: This is either the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency or it's the beginning of the end of the Justice Department," he said. "Because I think Rosenstein has represented the integrity of the department against the efforts by the president to undermine that integrity, against the fact that he has as an attorney general someone who either neutered or complicit, depending on the subject and the day of the week."

He continued: "And I think the people who are going to work in that department understand that so long as Rosenstein is there, he represents a kind of a shield for what it is that they do. For the institutional process. For the integrity of the institutions within the department itself. If Rosenstein goes, and [Trump] is able to put in someone like Sessions as his number two, we're in real trouble as a country."

"I hope the Justice Department saw that, Bret Stephens," Wallace said.

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.