Not firing Rosenstein, Trump says; 'very good relationship'

Adjust Comment Print

Washington was briefly abuzz on September 24 when Rosenstein headed to the White House to meet with chief of staff John Kelly, but reports that the retired Marine Corps general was handing him a pink slip turned out to be inaccurate.

Those reports triggered an avalanche of speculation about the future of Rosenstein - and also the special counsel's investigation into possible co-ordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign since the deputy attorney general appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to his post and closely oversees his work.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world's largest professional association for police leaders.

"The crime spree is a awful blight on that city, and we'll do everything possible to get it done", Trump said.

More news: Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL launch

It was not immediately clear whether Trump and Rosenstein would hold that meeting on the trip to Florida on Monday.

The documents reportedly chronicle conversations in which Rosenstein discussed the idea of secretly recording Trump for the goal of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

Late last month, it was reported that Rosenstein suggested secretly recording the President and discussed recruiting Cabinet members to remove Trump from office. The deputy attorney general left the plane walking side by side with the White House chief of staff, John Kelly.

President Trump also implied he had no plan of firing Rosenstein during his press conference a couple weeks ago in NY following the United Nations General Assembly.

More news: Tanushree Dutta & Nana Patekar Controversy

"I look forward to being with him".

Trump had previously indicated he would prefer to keep Rosenstein in his post, but offered no definitive indication of Rosenstein's fate until his comments on Monday morning. It is not unusual for senior Justice Department officials to join Trump at such events. "There's no reason for what's going on there", Trump said, adding that Chicago should "strongly consider stop and frisk".

The speculation over Rosenstein's future concerned Democrats, who feared that a dismissal could lead to Trump curtailing Mueller's probe. Rosenstein said he never pursued recording the President and denied any suggestion he advocated for Trump's removal.

Mr. Trump has meant to meet with Rosenstein for days, after the New York Times reported that Rosenstein had suggested wiretapping the president and invoking the 25th Amendment - claims Rosenstein denied.

More news: Robertson: Title race not just a two horse race

Comments