After Friday night's blockbuster NYT report in which, according to Andrew McCabe's personal files, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein offered to record President Trump (whether in jest or not) and proposed invoking Article 25, speculation has intensified that President Trump may fire Rosenstein imminently.
After Rosenstein's much-publicized meeting Monday at the White House, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Rosenstein had spoken to Mr. Trump on the phone and would meet with him in person when the president returned from NY.
Trump's remarks Wednesday followed a chaotic period that began Friday with reports that Rosenstein had a year ago discussed possibly secretly recording the president and invoking the Constitution to remove Trump from office. But Trump told the news conference he could delay the meeting for fear of distracting from a Senate hearing on Brett Kavanaugh, his embattled nominee to join the Supreme Court.
"I may call Rod tonight or tomorrow and ask for a little bit of a delay to the meeting", Trump said.
Trump indicated Wednesday that Rosenstein - who has dismissed the media reports as inaccurate - had gone a long way in persuading him.
"I'm talking to [Rosenstein], we've had a good talk", Trump told reporters.
"I've had a lot of false charges made against me", Trump said.
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"The fake news said people laughed at President Trump", he said.
Those details in the Times report - which Rosenstein denied - prompted him to visit the White House on Monday with the expectation that he was going to be fired.
Trump then scheduled Thursday's meeting with Rosenstein to discuss the events.
In that column, the soon-to-be chief of staff mentioned Rosenstein. Trump has signaled that he may fire Sessions after the midterms, and Rosenstein could go with him.
Rosenstein's friends and former colleagues describe him as exceptionally committed to the Justice Department - one said he "bleeds" for the agency - and unlikely to leave on his own, though they say he respects the chain of command enough to resign if asked.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, center, may get a reprieve after a scare this week in which he expected to be fired.