Several weeks ago, rumors began to circulate that President Trump was planning to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein amid controversy surrounding the Justice Department.
While Trump has frequently expressed his frustrations with the Justice Department, though usually directing the comments at Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rosenstein’s name made media headlines after he reportedly joked about wearing a wire and secretly recording the president.
Certainly not a good look in an administration which has struggled to find loyalty and has been plagued by information leaks.
Trump and Rosenstein were initially scheduled to meet nearly two weeks ago, but their meeting was delayed amid the Kavanaugh confirmation process. The postponement and subsequent media frenzy brewed wild conspiracies concerning Rosenstein’s fate.
While some reports predicted the deputy attorney general would be fired, some others said he would not be. It appears the latter group was right.
On his way onto Air Force One, outside of the White House, President Trump told a group of reporters that he and Rosenstein share a good relationship and that he was not planning to fire him.
From Washington Examiner:
As he was leaving the White House before noon Monday en route to board Air Force One to fly to Orlando, reporters asked Trump if he had plans to fire Rosenstein. “No, I don’t,” he replied.
With Attoney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the Russia investigation, Rosenstein, the number two at the Justice Department, oversees Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged collusion during the 2016 presidential election.
Trump said the two will be “talking on the plane” and that they “actually have a very good relationship.” “I didn’t know Rod before, but I got to know him and I get along very well with him,” Trump added.
As CBS News reports, Trump also commented on the recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh:
The president’s trip comes as the White House continues to revel in the successful confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The president, speaking to reporters before heading to Orlando, said the allegations against Kavanaugh were “all made up,” and said he thinks the American public will see through Democrats’ “charade” in the Kavanaugh saga. Some Democrats are threatening to impeach Kavanaugh if they gain control of Congress.
“The American public has seen this charade, has seen this dishonesty by the Democrats and when you mention impeach, a justice of the United States Supreme Court who is a top scholar, top student, top intellect, and who did nothing wrong, and there was no corroboration of any kind, and went through seven FBI investigations, had nothing to do with any of this stuff,” Trump added.
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