PRESIDENT TRUMP: I Have NO PLANS to Fire Rod Rosenstein

Geraldine Edwards
October 10, 2018

The President was speaking with reporters following a high-stakes meeting with Rosenstein aboard Air Force One when he was asked if had any intention of firing the Deputy Attorney General. Emanuel announced he would try to negotiate an out-of-court agreement to overhaul the Police Department - a move blasted by reform advocates who said a federal judge's oversight was needed to bring lasting change to the force. "We actually get along".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein flew with Trump aboard Air Force One on Monday, where they spoke for almost 45 minutes and made amends.

The special counsel investigation is reportedly near completion, and the special counsel's team is said to be in negotiations with White House counsel on a possible interview with Trump. "The press wants to know, 'What did you talk about?' But we had a very good talk, I will say". The subjects: violent crime in Chicago, support for local law enforcement, border security, the conference they were flying to and "general DOJ business", spokesman Hogan Gidley said without elaboration.

Trump told a police chiefs convention in Orlando on Monday that he'd order his attorney general to send officials "to help straighten out the bad shooting wave" in Chicago.

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The Justice Department referred questions about Trump's comments to the White House, which did not respond to requests for comment.

"Marsha Blackburn is doing a very good job in Tennessee", Trump said.

Still the president said more must be done, and offered his prescription. Upon landing, Rosenstein was seen smiling and appeared at ease as he walked down the front stairs of Air Force One alongside Trump's chief of staff, John Kelly.

Rosenstein and Trump had been expected to meet at the White House days later, but that meeting was put off so that the president could focus on the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

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Rosenstein was reported to have made the remarks about secretly recording Trump in conversations with other Justice Department and FBI officials and McCabe, then the acting bureau director, was one of the people that wrote a memo that documented Rosenstein's comments. He also called Trump's proposal "tired rhetoric" and a sign that Trump is anxious about the Republicans in the midterms.

Kelly was present for today's conversation between Rosenstein and Trump, the White House said, as was Rosenstein's top deputy at the Justice Department, Ed O'Callaghan.

He helped secure the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and investigators also wanted to speak to him about the Steele dossier, a document written by former British spy Christopher Steele making the unverified claim that the Russians had blackmail information on Trump, which the president has denied.

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