Trump to delay Rosenstein meeting until after Kavanaugh process

Trump to delay Rosenstein meeting until after Kavanaugh process
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Pence: Chief Justice Roberts 'has been a disappointment to conservatives' Twitter bans Trump campaign until it deletes tweet with COVID-19 misinformation MORE said Tuesday that he would delay his meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinFBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Sally Yates to testify as part of GOP probe into Russia investigation Graham releases newly declassified documents on Russia probe MORE until after Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.

"I don't want to interrupt what's happening with Judge Kavanaugh,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn Tuesday afternoon.

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Trump also said he had spoken with Rosenstein, who The New York Times reported last month had discussed wearing a wire to record Trump as part of a possible effort to seek his removal from office under the 25th Amendment. Rosenstein has said the Times story was false.

Trump was originally supposed to meet with Rosenstein last week to discuss the Times story. The president delayed that meeting so as not to distract from confirmation proceedings of Kavanaugh, who faces allegations of sexual misconduct.

The Times report generated massive speculation last week that he could resign or be fired from his position, potentially roiling the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump signaled last week that he was inclined to keep Rosenstein on.

“Many people said I had the right to absolutely fire him. He said he did not say it. He said he does not believe that. And nobody in this room believes it, by the way,” Trump told reporters on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting in New York, adding that he would “prefer” to keep Rosenstein.

Speculation about Rosenstein’s fate has died down, as the allegations against Kavanaugh have gripped Washington. Last week, the Senate delayed a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation so that the FBI could probe allegations of sexual assault against him.

Trump has called for the investigation to be “comprehensive” but completed quickly. Republicans are eyeing a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination at week’s end.