Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

And is likely to replace Rod Rosenstein

And is likely to replace Rod Rosenstein

Noting Thursday's meeting, he said, "I think we shouldn't step in the way of that".

One media report on Monday indicated the embattled official had already quit as the No. 2 Justice official, while sources told Fox News and other outlets Rosenstein was headed to the White House expecting to be fired.

However, it's worth noting that this report should be taken with a grain of salt.

"The fake news said people laughed at President Trump", he said. I would certainly prefer not doing that.

However, Trump said that a meeting scheduled for Thursday at the White House between him and Rosenstein might be put off, because of the focus on a separate political drama over his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh.

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In his capacity at the Justice Department, Rosenstein also oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rosenstein denied the report as "inaccurate and factually incorrect".

Questions about Rosenstein's future were revived after a New York Times report tha, in May 2017 discussions with Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials, he suggested the idea of secretly recording Trump - remarks his defenders insist were merely sarcastic - and of invoking the Constitution to have the Cabinet consider removing Trump from office. Discussion has swirled about Trump replacing Rosenstein or Attorney General Jeff Sessions, another favorite presidential political punching bag, on or after Election Day in November.

"He said he never said it, he said he doesn't believe it", Trump said "He said he has a lot of respect for me, and he was very nice and we'll see". Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

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.

Within weeks of being confirmed as deputy attorney general, he was engulfed in controversy by writing a memo critical of then-FBI Director James Comey, which the White House cited as justification for Comey's firing.

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