Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rosenstein May Keep His Job, Unless His Trump Meeting Goes Awry

Rosenstein May Keep His Job, Unless His Trump Meeting Goes Awry

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would prefer to keep Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in his job, after the New York Times reported Rosenstein had suggested secretly recording Trump and recruiting Cabinet members to remove the president from office.

President Trump said Wednesday that his "preference" is to keep the deputy attorney general while he is overseeing the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election.

"My preference would be to keep him and to let him finish up", Trump said, without explaining what he would like Rosenstein to finish working on.

The meeting follows a chaotic period that began Friday with news reports that Rosenstein had previous year discussed possibly secretly recording the president and using the U.S. Constitution's 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

"I don't want to do anything that gets in the way of this very important Supreme Court pick", Trump said.

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The president weighed in publicly Wednesday evening, when he said he may delay the meeting so that it doesn't conflict with the Senate judiciary committee meeting set for Thursday.

Some news media reported on Monday that Rosenstein would soon leave his post, prompting Trump, in NY for the U.N. General Assembly, to say he would meet with the second-most powerful Justice Department official on Thursday.

One media report on Monday indicated the embattled official had already quit as the No. 2 Justice official, while sources told Fox News and other outlets Rosenstein was headed to the White House expecting to be fired. Rosenstein dismissed the news accounts as generally not true, and he told the White House McCabe had exaggerated. "He said he never said it". There was no collusion, there was no obstruction - unless you call obstruction the fact that I fight back. Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May 2017, oversees his work and has repeatedly defended the breadth and scope of the probe. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

The question now is for how much longer. Trump has signalled that he may fire Sessions after the midterms, and Rosenstein could go with him.

James Comey was sacked as Federal Bureau of Investigation director not long after Trump took office.

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