Trump postpones meeting with Rosenstein

Hugh Fox
September 28, 2018

Trump said he already spoke to Rosenstein over the phone about the allegations, but wanted to meet with him personally.

Questions about Rosenstein's future were revived after a New York Times report that in May 2017 discussions with Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials he suggested the idea of secretly recording Trump - remarks his defenders insist were merely sarcastic - and of invoking the Constitution to have the Cabinet consider removing Trump from office.

"I may call Rod tonight or tomorrow and ask for a little bit of a delay to the meeting", Trump said.

Trump says he may postpone that meeting because he is focused on an extraordinary Senate committee hearing set for the same day with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

On Wednesday, President Trump said he'd watch the hearing closely.

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Late last week, the New York Times reported that Rosenstein told former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe he'd wear a wire and secretly record the president early in 2017.

Rosenstein now oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller's independent investigation into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

His departure - which would give the president an opportunity to replace him with a loyalist - would dramatically rock the probe into whether Russian Federation conspired with Trump's campaign to aid his 2016 shock presidential election victory.

Rosenstein was summoned to the White House on Monday, three days after The New York Times reported that the deputy attorney general previous year discussed seeking the president's removal from office and proposed wearing a recording device in encounters with the president.

Behind the scenes, Trump has sought to take the reins of the narrative, disappointed that neither Kavanaugh nor congressional Republicans have been able to put the allegations to rest. "I can't tell you if they're liars until I hear them".

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Trump added: "My preference would be to keep him and to let him finish up".

On Wednesday, the president suggested he'd prefer to keep him on.

"I've had a lot of false charges made against me", Trump said.

Rosenstein himself reportedly believed he was going to be fired on Monday.

"I hope the Justice Department saw that, Bret Stephens", Wallace said. "He's very nice, and we'll see".

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