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AP: Trump polled staff on board Air Force One over whether to fire Rosenstein

President TrumpDonald TrumpVirginia GOP gubernatorial nominee acknowledges Biden was 'legitimately' elected Biden meets with DACA recipients on immigration reform Overnight Health Care: States begin lifting mask mandates after new CDC guidance | Walmart, Trader Joe's will no longer require customers to wear masks | CDC finds Pfizer, Moderna vaccines 94 percent effective in health workers MORE polled staffers flying with him to and from a rally in Missouri on Friday over whether he should fire Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinProtect the police or the First Amendment? Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office MORE following an explosive New York Times report published earlier that day, The Associated Press reported.

The news outlet reported Sunday that Trump spoke with staffers on board and called outside advisers as he watched coverage of the story play out on Fox News programs broadcast on Air Force One televisions. While he received mixed advice, more were in favor of holding off on firing Rosenstein, according to the AP.

Trump reportedly decided to hold off on ousting his deputy attorney general.

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The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The New York Times reported Friday that Rosenstein suggested wearing a wire during conversations with the president last spring. He also reportedly proposed recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Trump has not yet publicly commented on the report.

Rosenstein fiercely denied the report, calling it "inaccurate and factually incorrect.” He added that "there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment" based on his dealings with Trump.

Several of Trump's allies appeared on Sunday talk shows to react to the report, and none of them urged the president to fire Rosenstein based on the Times story alone.

A couple lawmakers revived calls for a second special counsel to investigate alleged bias within the Department of Justice against the president, and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNikki HaleyTrump critics push new direction for GOP Pollster Frank Luntz: 'I would bet on' Trump being 2024 GOP nominee DNC gathers opposition research on over 20 potential GOP presidential candidates MORE said she's never heard discussions of the 25th Amendment among staffers.

Updated at 4:51 p.m.