Trump says he would 'prefer' to keep Rod Rosenstein

Rod Rosenstein called upon to testify by House Freedom Caucus Republicans

Rod Rosenstein called upon to testify by House Freedom Caucus Republicans

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.

"It's become pretty clear with The New York Times blockbuster story, which is really not like The New York Times to present something that would hurt their radical resistance agenda when they reported that Rosenstein had effectively met with other deep state comrades and had discussions about wearing a wire and recording the president - and additionally invoking the 25th Amendment to try to get rid of this president", the conservative legal expert pointed out.

The president was scheduled to meet with Rosenstein Thursday to discuss reports that he offered to wear a wire in the White House previous year and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump.

"I'm talking to [Rosenstein], we've had a good talk", Trump told reporters. He said he doesn't believe it. "I'll be watching", Mr. Trump said of the televised hearing. "He's very nice, and we'll see".

Rosenstein's job status seemed especially precarious Monday when he arrived at the White House expecting to be fired.

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Trump scheduled the meeting for Thursday, the same day that Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were teenagers, are set to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

But the meeting may be postponed.

White House advisers worry that Democrats could be further energized if it appeared Trump was forcing out Rosenstein in an effort to obstruct Mueller's continuing investigation into Russia's election interference, the aide said. "I don't want to do anything that's going to conflict with that".

After Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, Rosenstein took over supervision of the investigation.

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