Trump, Rosenstein to meet on Thursday in Washington

    24 de septiembre de 2018

    Washington, Sep 24 (efe-epa).- President Donald Trump spoke on Monday with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and will meet with him on Thursday in Washington, amid reports that the latter could resign or be fired, the White House announced.

    "At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories," White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a brief statement.

    Sanders added that "Because the President is at the United Nations General Assembly and has a full schedule with leaders from around the world, they will meet on Thursday when the President returns to Washington, D.C."

    Trump on Tuesday will deliver a much anticipated address to the UN General Assembly.

    Sanders thus denied the reports earlier on Monday saying that Rosenstein had already resigned verbally in a conversation with Chief of Staff John Kelly so as not to be preemptively fired.

    Rosenstein is the official in charge of overseeing the investigation headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into alleged connections between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Kremlin.

    Trump has frequently criticized the Mueller probe, claiming that it is a "witch hunt."

    Last week, The New York Times reported that Rosenstein in 2017 suggested secretly taping Trump in the White House and then - on the basis of that potential tape - convincing members of the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office, a story that the deputy AG categorically denied in a statement, calling the reporting "inaccurate" and "factually incorrect."

    If Rosenstein were to step down or be ousted, it is highly likely that Solicitor General Noel Francisco, who is the highest-ranking Senate-confirmed Department of Justice official below Rosenstein, would assume control of the Mueller investigation.