Trump may put off meeting Rosenstein, would 'prefer' him to stay

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One of his craziest moments, however, might have been when a reporter asked him about the ongoing controversy surrounding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who sources initially reported was being fired earlier this week in a blur of confusion: "Mr. President, are you planning to fire Rod Rosenstein?".

Trump, during a wide-ranging news conference following a gathering of the United Nations General Assembly, also told reporters that he may delay a scheduled Thursday meeting with Rosenstein to discuss his tenure so as not to interfere with a Senate hearing where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is slated to confront allegations of sexual assault. "I think that is a very, very risky standard for our country", Trump said, before saying he looked forward to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who's accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, on Thursday.

"I don't want to do anything that gets in the way of this very important Supreme Court pick", Trump said.

"I like them a lot", Trump said. After all, Trump told Geraldo Rivera in an interview set to air Monday that he wouldn't fire Rosenstein until he had "all of the facts".

In that column, the soon-to-be chief of staff mentioned Rosenstein.

"I am a very famous person and I have had a lot of false charges made against me", Trump said.

Even allies say that nothing should be done before the November midterm congressional elections in six weeks, arguing that the ensuing row would fuel expected Democratic momentum for making gains in the legislature.

Bret Stephens, a New York Times columnist, argued on MSNBC's "Deadline: White House" with host Nicolle Wallace Tuesday that the outcome of this meeting could have massive implications for the future of the country.

"I'm talking with him".

Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May 2017, oversees his work and has repeatedly defended the breadth and scope of the probe.

Even if Rosenstein survives the week, it's not clear how much longer he'll be around. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

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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