I'd Prefer To Keep Rosenstein, May Delay Planned Meeting On His Fate

I'd Prefer To Keep Rosenstein, May Delay Planned Meeting On His Fate

President Trump said Wednesday that he would "certainly prefer not" to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and that he may delay a highly anticipated meeting with the Justice Department's No. 2 official.

At the same time, Trump would have reason to keep him in the job, as the president's top political advisers are underscoring the political risks if the president were to fire Rosenstein before November's congressional elections, a White House aide said.

Speaking at a rare news conference in New York, Trump said he may push back the highly-anticipated meeting with the Justice Department's second-in-command.

Doubts over how long Rod Rosenstein can keep the job have been swirling since shock USA media reports that he once suggested secretly recording Trump to collect evidence for ousting him under a constitutional amendment for presidents unfit to remain in office.

The president initially set his meeting with Rosenstein for Thursday, the same day that the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a hearing on the allegations against Kavanaugh.

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"I may call Rod tonight or tomorrow and ask for a little bit of delay to the meeting because I don't want to do anything that gets in the way, that gets in the way of this very important Supreme Court pick".

In response to the report, Rosenstein issued the following denial: "I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda".

When a foreign reporter told the president he was Kurdish, Trump said, "Good". Now it's possible I'll hear that and say hey I'm changing my mind. Mr. Trump said he would "much rather keep" Rosenstein in charge of the special counsel investigation.

Appearing to offer support for the deputy attorney general, Trump said Rosenstein told him that he did not discuss invoking the 25th Amendment past year while offering to wear a wire to gather evidence of the president's erratic behavior following the abrupt dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.

"I'd much prefer keeping Rod Rosenstein", Trump told journalists in NY on Wednesday.

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In that column, the soon-to-be chief of staff mentioned Rosenstein.

The president has frequently criticized Rosenstein, who has been steadfast in trying to protect Mueller as the probe digs ever deeper into Trump's inner circle.

In this photo from June 21, 2017, special counsel Robert Mueller departs after a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Trump then asked other reporters in the room if they were Kurdish.

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