Rosenstein to travel with Trump on Air Force One

Rosenstein to travel with Trump on Air Force One
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Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinAttorney General Barr is in a mess — and has no one to blame but himself Graham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation DOJ won't charge former FBI Deputy Director McCabe MORE is set to travel aboard Air Force One with President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina Congress eyes billion to billion to combat coronavirus Sanders makes the case against Biden ahead of SC primary MORE on Monday. 

Rosenstein planned to travel with the president on his visit to the annual conference fo the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Orlando.


An official with the Justice Department confirmed to The Hill that the deputy attorney general would join the president on Air Force One. The New York Times first reported the development.

The move comes nearly two weeks after the two were first scheduled to meet following a New York Times report that Rosenstein had proposed secretly recording conversations with Trump and discussed the possibility of administration officials invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office shortly after former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeySurveillance fight emerges as intelligence flashpoint Bill Barr is trying his best to be Trump's Roy Cohn Comey responds to Trump with Mariah Carey gif: 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' MORE was fired in 2017.

There was widespread speculation that Rosenstein would either resign or be fired following The Times report.

Trump postponed a scheduled meeting until after then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process concluded. Kavanaugh was confirmed on Saturday in a 50-48 vote.

Rosenstein told senior White House officials that he wished to resign in the days after the report surfaced, according to the Times. But his offer came as Kavanaugh's confirmation process became contentious, which led to a meeting between Trump and Rosenstein being postponed.

Trump has since stated that he’s willing to keep Rosenstein at the Justice Department, where he oversees special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s probe into Russian election interference. 

“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 at the United Nations earlier this month, before saying that he preferred to keep Rosenstein in his role.

Rosenstein immediately pushed back following the initial report by the Times, calling it “inaccurate” and “factually incorrect.”

"I never pursued or authorized recording the President and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the President is absolutely false," Rosenstein said in a statement.  

Morgan Chalfant contributed.

Updated at 9:07 a.m.