Published: Mon, September 24, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Amid Furor, Trump Pushes Pause on Deciding Rosenstein's Fate

Amid Furor, Trump Pushes Pause on Deciding Rosenstein's Fate

Trump told Geraldo Rivera on Sunday that the report was "a very sad story" and promised "we will make a determination" about what to do next.

The messages were mixed, but more were in favor of containing the urge to fire Rosenstein, a move that would declare open warfare with the Justice Department and cast doubt on the future of the special counsel's Russian Federation probe, according to two people familiar with the exchanges but not authorized to publicly discuss private conversations. "The statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president".

Amid the latest fears of a high-level "bureaucratic coup", Mr. Trump is vowing to weed out the "lingering stench" of hostility toward him that he says exists inside the Justice Department.

Rosenstein made the comment about possibly recording Trump during a May 2017 meeting with Andrew McCabe, who had temporarily been elevated to Federal Bureau of Investigation director following James Comey's firing.

Coming on the heels of an explosive book by respected White House chronicler Bob Woodward, the reports added to mounting evidence indicating that numerous people in Trump's own government have serious doubts about his fitness for office - and have actively worked to undermine him. Some of Trump's fiercest congressional allies had already floated trying to impeach the deputy attorney general.

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The reported conversation about possibly secretly recording the president took place at a tense May 2017 meeting during the tumultuous period that followed Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Some urged him to fire Rosenstein.

"Rod deserves the right to be heard", said Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., on CBS' "Face the Nation". The Justice Department also has drawn attention to other instances in which Mr. McCabe has made statements that later have been proved false.

Michael Bromwich, McCabe's lawyer, did not deny the description of the memos, but he said McCabe didn't leak the documents. He specifically referred to former Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and Peter Strzok.

Democrats have warned Trump not to use the Times report as a pretext for firing Rosenstein and interfering with the Mueller probe. "We need everyone who's engaged in helping achieve President Trump's mission", he said.

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