President Donald Trump gave his vote of confidence to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and signaled a desire to push back their Thursday meeting, at a news conference in New York City Wednesday.
Rumors of Rosenstein’s job being in jeopardy surfaced because of reports that Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Trump and the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment, which lays out how to replace the president should he be found unfit for office.
“We’ve had a good talk,” Trump said Wednesday, according to The New York Times. “[Rosenstein] says he never said it, he doesn’t believe it, he gets a lot of respect from me. He’s very nice, and we’ll see.”
Trump and Rosenstein were scheduled to meet Thursday, but a hearing on sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could cause Trump to postpone the meeting.
“I don’t want to do anything that gets in the way of this very important Supreme Court pick,” Trump said Wednesday, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Trump also told reporters he would “prefer not doing that” when asked Wednesday about the chances that he would fire Rosenstein, reported The NYT.
Trump and Rosenstein had a “good talk” via telephone Monday, reported the WSJ. (RELATED: House Freedom Caucus To Rosenstein: Testify Or Resign)
Rosenstein is the top official in the Russian meddling probe involving the 2016 presidential election. Were he to be fired or resign, Rosenstein would be replaced by Solicitor General Noel Francisco.
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