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Trump lawyer Sekulow calls for pause in Mueller probe if Rosenstein exits

Trump lawyer Sekulow calls for pause in Mueller probe if Rosenstein exits
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE's lawyer Jay Sekulow is calling for a pause in special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's Russia investigation if deputy attorney general Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinRosenstein to appear for House interview next week Former FBI lawyer speaks with House lawmakers on Rosenstein, 2016 Meadows calls on Rosenstein to resign 'immediately' MORE exits his post, according to ABC News.  

Sekulow on Monday called for "a timeout" in Mueller's ongoing investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. 

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"It clearly becomes necessary and appropriate ... that there be a step back taken here, and a review," Sekulow said, responding to reports Monday that Rosenstein may be poised to depart from his position as No. 2 at the Justice Department, ABC reported.

Rosenstein and Trump are scheduled to meet on Thursday following reports that the deputy attorney general is set to either resign or be fired. 

Noel Francisco, the solicitor general, would take on oversight of Mueller's probe if Rosenstein resigned.

Reports of Rosenstein's departure come days after The New York Times reported that last year he proposed secretly recording conversations with Trump and discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.   

Trump for months has threatened and insulted the embattled Rosenstein, and Trump's supporters over the weekend claimed the Times report could provide the president with enough ammo to oust him. 

The president on Monday declined to say if he is planning to fire Rosenstein during the Thursday meeting.

“We’ll be determining what’s going on," Trump said to reporters from the U.N. General Assembly in New York, according to the Associated Press

Sekulow and the rest of Trump's legal team have attacked Rosenstein and the Mueller probe, encouraging the special counsel to wrap up his report as soon as possible. They have consistently denied allegations that the presidential campaign colluded with Russia in order to bolster Trump in 2016.