Trump to meet with Rosenstein to discuss future of deputy AG
A meeting Thursday between President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could lead to the ouster of the latter.
Trump plans to spend the first half of the week in New York as the United Nations General Assembly has a full slate of meetings with world leaders.
“At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday in a statement.
The Thursday meeting could likely be the last for Rosenstein who has come under fire following a report by The New York Times which suggested Rosenstein recommended taping Trump after his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. The Times report also included Rosenstein recruiting Cabinet members to potentially invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for being unfit.
Rosenstein has denied the allegations from the report.
Trump has gone on record since the report suggesting he wanted to get all the facts together before deciding on the next move with regards to Rosenstein.
“I don’t want to comment on it until I’ve got all the facts. I haven’t gotten all the facts,” Trump said in an interview with Geraldo Rivera which aired on Monday. “We will make a determination.”
If Rosenstein were to be removed from his office, it could create significant issues, specifically with the ongoing investigation being conducted by Robert Mueller which is looking into potential collusion between the Trump campaign of 2016 and Russia. Rosenstein currently oversees the investigation as Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself from oversight.
The Times report said in the spring of 2017, Rosenstein suggested he wear a concealed wire when meeting with Trump. The allegation is believed to be backed up by memos written by then-FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
Rosenstein said his remarks about secretly taping the president were sarcastic and not to be taken seriously. He further said there was no reason to consider invoking the 25th Amendment, which gives the president’s cabinet the authority to remove the president by a majority vote if he/she is deemed unfit to carry out the duties of the office.
The Times reported Rosenstein looked at then Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly — who is now Trump’s chief of staff — and Sessions to lead the discussion with fellow cabinet members.
Matthew Clark is the Executive Editor of The Daily Lead.