Trump says he has no plans to fire Rosenstein

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Trump - who had delayed a previously announced White House meeting in which expectations were high that Rosenstein would depart - said they were going to talk Monday during a trip to Florida.

Rosenstein oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. For now, at least.

"We're going to be talking". "Great", the president replied. I look forward to being with him.

The President visited Orlando after his second Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in over the weekend.

President Trump says he will hold talks with the deputy attorney general on Air Force One amid speculation that Rosenstein may resign or be fired.

"I didn't know Rod before, but I've gotten to know him, and I get along very well with him", he said.

"No, I don't. No", Trump told reporters on Monday after he was asked if he has any plans to fire Rosenstein.

Trump and Rosenstein had been scheduled to meet last week to discuss The New York Times report that flung Rosenstein into limbo. He met in person with White House chief of staff John Kelly and spoke by phone with Trump during a tumultuous day that ended with him still in his job. He survived again on Monday. Democrats warned doing so would trigger a Constitutional crisis since Mueller had yet to finish his work.

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"No, I don't. No", Trump replied.

Sen. Ron Wyden, R-Ore., said recently that if Trump fires Rosenstein "for the objective of protecting himself from the Mueller investigation, that would represent high crimes and misdemeanors".

"Any effort to undermine the Mueller investigation will be obstruction of justice", Hoyer said.

Last month, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., subpoenaed the memos and materials belonging to McCabe as part of their ongoing joint investigation into decisions "made and not made" by the Justice Department and the FBI during the 2016 election.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump and Rosenstein talked about the controversy during their 45-minute-long conversation on the flight, where Kelly and another Department of Justice official, Ed O'Callaghan, were also present.

Besides the meeting with Trump, Rosenstein has also agreed to a private meeting with House Republicans who want to question him about his reported statements on the president.

The ACLU found Chicago Police officers made more than a 250,000 stops from May through August 2014 without arrests, far more than in New York City at the peak of that police department's stop-and-frisk practices. Don't hit their head, I said, 'You can take the hand away, OK?' " he added.

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