Trump Postpones Rosenstein Meeting Until Next Week
President cites ongoing Senate Judiciary hearing on Kavanaugh nomination
President Donald Trump is putting off a meeting with Rod Rosenstein about the deputy attorney general’s future until next week due to the ongoing Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
“The President spoke with Rod Rosenstein a few minutes ago and they plan to meet next week. They do not want to do anything to interfere with the hearing,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement Thursday.
The meeting was planned for Thursday. Democrats have warned firing Rosenstein would trigger a “constitutional crisis” because he is overseeing the Justice Department’s Russia investigation being led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
Trump said Wednesday he is inclined to keep Rosenstein, saying they spoke Monday by phone and Rosenstein denied a report alleging he wanted to record the president for the purpose of removing him via the 25th Amendment.
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