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White House: Trump, Rosenstein to meet next week

September 27, 2018 - 12:49 pm

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet next week -- not today -- White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said early Thursday afternoon.

“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 [Kavanaugh] hearing," Sanders said.

President Donald Trump said he would "certainly prefer not" to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and that he may delay a highly anticipated meeting with the Justice Department's No. 2 official.

Trump said Rosenstein denied making remarks first attributed to him in a New York Times report, including that he had discussed possibly secretly recording the president and using the Constitution's 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

"I would much prefer keeping Rod Rosenstein," Trump said at a news conference Wednesday in New York. "He said he did not say it. He said he does not believe that. He said he has a lot of respect for me, and he was very nice and we'll see."

Trump added, "My preference would be to keep him and to let him finish up."

Rosenstein was spotted entering the White House on Thursday morning for what was described as a preplanned meeting and not the meeting with Trump.

Rosenstein is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and his dismissal would put that probe in jeopardy and create a political storm.