Donald Trump to meet with Rod Rosenstein amid reports deputy AG will lose job
“At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories,” a statement from White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a release.
“…They will meet on Thursday when the President returns to Washington, D.C.” the statement added.
Several reports circulated Monday that Rosenstein was preparing to leave his role at the Justice Department, after The New York Times reported that Rosenstein had proposed secretly recording U.S. President Donald Trump. The newspaper also alleged that Rosenstein wanted to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to impeach the president.
It was not immediately clear whether Rosenstein intended to resign or if he was simply expecting that he would be fired.
CNN also cited anonymous sources, saying he expected to be fired. But the news outlet added that Rosenstein would likely stay on until after the U.S. midterm elections in November.
Rosenstein vigorously denied the New York Times report in a statement Friday, saying, “The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect.”
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Trump commented on The New York Times’ story in an interview that aired on Fox & Friends Monday.
“We will make a determination,” he said. “It’s certainly a very sad story.”
Trump is currently away from Washington, D.C., attending the United Nations General Assembly.
Rosenstein is a key figure in the U.S. Justice Department; he appointed special counsel Robert Mueller and oversees his investigation into Russian election meddling.
Trump nominated Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general in February 2017, but has been critical of him for several months.
In April, the president contemplated firing him after FBI raided the office and home of Michael Cohen.
Cohen, who is Trump’s former personal lawyer, has since pleaded guilty to several felonies and taken part in hours of interviews with Mueller.
— With a file from The Associated Press
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