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Trump Postpones Meeting With Rod Rosenstein

September 27, 2018 - 12:48 pm

WASHINGTON (WCBS 880/AP) -- The hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser was grabbing the headlines Thursday, but the fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hangs in the balance.

The White House announced that President Donald Trump's meeting with Rosenstein scheduled for Thursday has been postponed until next week because "they do not want to do anything to interfere with the hearing.”

But when Trump does meet with Rosenstein, it is possible that Rosenstein will be ousted.

In a statement Wednesday, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Trump and Rosenstein had “an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories.”

Earlier, Trump, who is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, left open the possibility of relieving Rosenstein of his duties in an interview with Geraldo Rivera which aired Monday morning. The president has expressed frustration with both Rosenstein and his superior, Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump has blamed Sessions for recusing himself in the Russia investigation, which is why Rosenstein was placed in charge of the probe.

The latest developments came just three days after news reports indicating that last year Rosenstein had raised the idea of secretly recording Trump and of invoking the Constitution to have his Cabinet remove him from office. The Justice Department issued two statements from Rosenstein denying the remarks and released a separate statement from someone who said he recalled the recording comment but insisted that it was meant sarcastically.

"I'd be very worried,” said former U.S. Rep. Liz Holtzman, who was on the House Judiciary Committee during Watergate.

"I think Mr. Rosenstein has played a very professional role in making sure that the investigation proceeds in a methodical and professional manner," Holtzman said.

President Trump is angry with Rosenstein in part because he oversees the Mueller probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Holtzman said the probe needs to continue.

"There will be members of the Senate and members of the House of Representatives who are Republican, though even though they may support Trump, will in the end say more important than any president is the rule of law,” she said.

Holtzman said that is what happened with Watergate.

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