Trump postpones meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Trump postpones meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Trump postpones meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Rod Rosenstein may not lose his job after all.

"The fake news said people laughed at President Trump", he said.

Rosenstein flatly denied both allegations in interviews over the weekend, accusing The New York Times of relying on anonymous sources.

"We've had a good talk", Mr. Trump told reporters. Though he dismissed sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh as a "con job" manufactured by Democrats, Trump said he wanted to assess Christine Blasey Ford's testimony himself.

"He said he never said it, he said he doesn't believe it", Trump said "He said he has a lot of respect for me, and he was very nice and we'll see".

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The president had been due to meet Rosenstein at the White House on Thursday, following reports that the DoJ's second highest official had offered to resign last week - and had faced being fired - after an account emerged of him reportedly discussing whether Trump should be removed from office.

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.

President Donald Trump convenes a rare solo news conference Wednesday on the eve of a blockbuster Senate hearing that could determine the fate of his beleaguered Supreme Court nominee.

"I would certainly prefer not doing that", Mr. Trump said of firing Mr. Rosenstein. He paused that effort just before the August recess, but he has said he may still pursue it if the Justice Department doesn't provide thousands of documents Republicans want related to the Russian Federation investigation. The Justice Department issued statements aimed at denying the reports, including one that said the wiretap remark was meant sarcastically.

If Rosenstein were to resign or be fired, oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation would be passed to Solicitor General Noel Francisco, according to the Justice Department. Matt Whitaker, Attorney General Jeff Sessions's chief of staff, would take over as the deputy attorney general, and Noel Francisco, the solicitor general, would take over supervision of the Mueller probe.

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