Rosenstein may get to keep his job after all

Charlene Craig
September 28, 2018

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein now is inclined to stay in his job, which includes overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, but it all comes down to how President Donald Trump acts in a pivotal meeting on Thursday, according to two people familiar with the matter.

Wednesday in New York, President Trump hinted that he would postpone his scheduled meeting with the deputy attorney general.

After Rosenstein's much-publicized meeting Monday at the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Rosenstein had spoken to Mr. Trump on the phone and would meet with him in person when the president returned from NY.

"They do not want to do anything to interfere with the hearing", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

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In his capacity at the Justice Department, Rosenstein also oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

His departure - which would give the president an opportunity to replace him with a loyalist - would dramatically rock the probe into whether Russian Federation conspired with Trump's campaign to aid his 2016 shock presidential election victory.

Trump also made some news about his embattled deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein.

At his United Nations news conference, Trump again criticized the Russia investigation and said he had nothing to do with Russians who sought to influence the 2016 election by hacking Democrats and pushing fake news.

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His remarks came in a press conference that started with him stating all the accusations against Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh are lies, and later calling developments late in the confirmation process a "con job", adding that "I've used much worse language in my life than con job".

"I hope the Justice Department saw that, Bret Stephens", Wallace said. "I'm going to see what happens tomorrow". "I think he may have some confidence that history will be kinder to him than politicians are".

Those details in the Times report - which Rosenstein denied - prompted him to visit the White House on Monday with the expectation that he was going to be fired. "My preference would be to keep him and let him finish up".

"I don't want it competing and hurting the decision, one way or the other", Trump said.

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