Trump has 'good talk' with Rosenstein

Trump has 'good talk' with Rosenstein
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpMarine unit in Florida reportedly pushing to hold annual ball at Trump property Giuliani clashes with CNN's Cuomo, calls him a 'sellout' and the 'enemy' Giuliani says 'of course' he asked Ukraine to look into Biden seconds after denying it MORE on Monday said he had a "good talk" with Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime House Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe MORE, further dampening speculation that the president will fire his deputy attorney general.

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Trump invited Rosenstein to fly with him aboard Air Force One to a law enforcement convention in Florida, and he later told the audience their conversation went well.

"The press wants to know, 'what did you talk about?' But we had a very good talk, I will say it," Trump said during a speech to the International Association of Chiefs of Police in Orlando.

Trump and Rosenstein spoke for roughly 45 minutes aboard the president's aircraft and their discussion touched on law enforcement and border issues as well as "general DOJ business," according to the White House. Trump's chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and Rosenstein's top deputy, Ed O’Callaghan, also participated. 

 

Rosenstein's future has been an open questions for several weeks since The New York Times published an explosive report saying he discussed secretly taping Trump last year as well as using the 25th Amendment to oust him from office.

The No. 2 Justice Department official has repeatedly denied the story, but also reportedly offered to resign.

"That became a very big story, actually, folks. We had a good talk," Trump said.

Before leaving the White House earlier Monday, Trump said he has no plans to fire Rosenstein.

He also said he would meet with Rosenstein following the article's publication but that discussion was delayed while the White House focused on confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The judge was confirmed by the Senate on Saturday.

Rosenstein oversees the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, a probe Trump has repeatedly denounced as a "witch hunt." The president has also attacked Rosenstein on multiple occasions.

Updated at 2:37 p.m.