In a bid to make progress in the almost two-year case, the President Trump will be meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as some analysts predict the Department of Justice official could be fired.
Trump has a light schedule Thursday afternoon and is expected to watch the Supreme Court hearings from the White House.
Rosenstein denied the report and Justice Department officials said he was being sarcastic. We've had a good talk. The Justice Department declined to comment about the meeting. He says he doesn't believe it.More news: New Sanctions Will Force Iran Back to Nuclear Talks
Questions about Rosenstein's future were revived after a New York Times report that in May 2017 discussions with Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials he suggested the idea of secretly recording Trump - remarks his defenders insist were merely sarcastic - and of invoking the Constitution to have the Cabinet consider removing Trump from office.
Trump, during a wide-ranging news conference following a gathering of the United Nations General Assembly, also told reporters that he may delay a scheduled Thursday meeting with Rosenstein to discuss his tenure so as not to interfere with a Senate hearing where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is slated to confront allegations of sexual assault. He said he has a lot of respect for me. "I'll be watching", Mr. Trump said of the televised hearing.
The conservative House Freedom Caucus is pushing for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to testify before the House Judiciary Committee this week. So I don't want it competing or hurting the decision - one way or the other, the decision, " he explained. Rosenstein denied the report as "inaccurate and factually incorrect".More news: Christensen: Chelsea disappointed when Solanke left for Liverpool
They have scourged Rosenstein over his role supervising the ongoing Russian Federation investigation, which Trump also broached in his press conference on Wednesday. Trump has been critical of Rosenstein's oversight of the probe, but the two have at times displayed a warm working relationship, and Rosenstein has been spared some of the more personal and antagonistic broadsides levelled against Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
When that finally happens, will Rosenstein resign, or be fired for remarks he reportedly made against the president?More news: Meghan Markle visits opening of Royal Academy art exhibition