Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Rosenstein may get to keep his job after all

Rosenstein may get to keep his job after all

President Donald Trump says he would "certainly prefer not" to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and says he may delay a highly anticipated meeting with him.

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.

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the Lotte New York Palace hotel during the United Nations General Assembly, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, in New York.

Reports surfaced Monday that Rosenstein was anxious about being fired after the New York Times reported last week that Rosenstein had in meetings suggested having DOJ officials wear wires for their conversations with the president and also raised the 25th Amendment, which outlines the process a vice president or Cabinet members can take to remove a president from office. But Trump told the news conference he could delay the meeting for fear of distracting from a Senate hearing on Brett Kavanaugh, his embattled nominee to join the Supreme Court. Rosenstein denied the report as "inaccurate and factually incorrect". We've had a good talk.

"I'm going to meet with [Rosenstein] tomorrow", said Trump.

Appearing to offer support for the deputy attorney general, Trump said Rosenstein told him that he did not discuss invoking the 25th Amendment previous 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. The Monday meeting ended with Rosenstein still at his post and a commitment for the Thursday meeting with Trump. "I think he may have some confidence that history will be kinder to him than politicians are".

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

"I am a very famous person and I have had a lot of false charges made against me", Trump said.

But it could be sooner: Some officials around Trump believe Rosenstein's reported musings about invoking the 25th Amendment could make it defensible for Trump to part with him, even during the final sprint to Election Day.

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