Trump on Rosenstein: 'Not making any changes'

Trump on Rosenstein: 'Not making any changes'
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President TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE on Monday gave his clearest indication yet that Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE's job is safe, at least for now. 

"I’m not making any changes. You’d be the first to know," Trump told reporters at the White House when asked if he plans to fire the top Justice Department official.

Trump said he had a "very nice talk" with Rosenstein aboard Air Force One, a meeting he called to discuss the deputy attorney general's future in the administration.


"We actually get along," Trump said of Rosenstein.

The president's comments capped off a day that began with speculation swirling about whether Rosenstein would keep his job.  

Trump had sought for nearly two weeks to personally discuss with Rosenstein an explosive New York Times report that the No. 2 Justice Department official discussed secretly taping the president last year as well as using the 25th Amendment to oust him from office.

But the meeting was postponed several times while the White House was focused on the push to confirm Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughWant to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump Kavanaugh conspiracy? Demands to reopen investigation ignore both facts and the law On The Money: Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' | Frustration builds as infrastructure talks drag MORE to the Supreme Court. The Senate voted to confirm the judge on Saturday. 

By all indications, Trump and Rosenstein used their 45-minute discussion aboard the presidential aircraft to bury the hatchet.

Trump took the air out of the speculation even before he sat down with Rosenstein when he told reporters he had no plans to fire him.

Rosenstein had repeatedly denied the story but reportedly offered to resign. 

Ousting Rosenstein would have serious legal and political implications for the president.

The top Justice Department deputy oversees the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, which Trump has repeatedly called a "witch hunt." 

Trump said Monday, however, that he expects to be "treated very fairly" by special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's team. 

"I’m not doing anything — I don’t want to do anything about that," he said. "Everybody understands there’s no collusion ... The Democrats colluded with Russia. And frankly, the previous administration didn’t do anything about Russia when they knew that they should have."

Mueller is looking into whether any Trump campaign associate cooperated with Moscow during the election and if the president sought to obstruct the probe. 

Trump has lashed out at Rosenstein on several occasions.

Rosenstein hired Mueller to oversee the Russia probe after the president fired James ComeyJames Brien ComeyBiden sister has book deal, set to publish in April Mystery surrounds Justice's pledge on journalist records NYT publisher: DOJ phone records seizure a 'dangerous incursion' on press freedom MORE as FBI director, a move that significantly upped the legal stakes for Trump.

Updated at 5:56 p.m.