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He said he has a lot of respect for me.

"I'm talking with him".

Some news media reported on Monday that Rosenstein would soon leave his post, prompting Trump, in NY for the U.N. General Assembly, to say he would meet with the second-most powerful Justice Department official on Thursday.

The president was scheduled to meet with Rosenstein Thursday to discuss reports that he offered to wear a wire in the White House previous year and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump.

The future of the No. 2 official at the Justice Department was thrown into doubt on Friday with a report in the New York Times that Rosenstein had suggested to colleagues previous year that he could secretly record conversations with the president and also discussed invoking the 25th Amendment that allows for removing a president who's unfit. "We had fun", Trump told reporters, referring to the chortles heard on Tuesday after he boasted his government had accomplished more than "almost any administration in USA history".

Rosenstein will be meeting with President Trump directly on Thursday, after which, well, anything can happen.


Rosenstein, who has overseen the Russian Federation investigation ever since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, soon after appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to prosecute the case.

Trump said he might ask Rosenstein for a "little bit of a delay" on their meeting scheduled for Thursday, so that he can watch the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who's accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault. A successor to Rosenstein could end or limit Mueller's inquiry. Rosenstein headed to the White House on Monday morning preparing to be fired and had discussed a possible resignation over the weekend with White House officials. Rosenstein denied the report as "inaccurate and factually incorrect".

Rosenstein's departure, though, could throw a cloud of confusion over the election investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which Trump has called a "witch hunt", and put its future in doubt.

Allies such as Fox News host Sean Hannity have accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of leaking the damaging information on Rosenstein in the hope that Trump would fire him, setting off another firestorm just weeks before elections that will determine political control of Congress.

Even if Rosenstein survives the week, it's not clear how much longer he'll be around.

He joined the department in 1990, serving as a public corruption prosecutor, a Tax Division supervisor and a member of independent counsel Ken Starr's Whitewater team.


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