White House postpones meeting between Donald Trump, deputy attorney general

28 September, 2018, 14:40 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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Speaking at a rare news conference in New York, Trump said he may push back the highly-anticipated meeting with the Justice Department's second-in-command.

Trump says he may postpone that meeting because he is focused on an extraordinary Senate committee hearing set for the same day with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Trump backed off comments from a few days ago questioning why Ford did not report the incident to authorities at the time it allegedly happened. "But they are both committed to speaking with each other and resolving this once and for all". "Hey, that's possible", Trump said.

On Wednesday, the president suggested he'd prefer to keep him on. "And they go into a room, and I guarantee you, they laugh like hell at what they pulled off on you and on the public, they laugh like hell".

Rosenstein was called to the White House earlier this week, but a decision on his fate was put off until Trump's return from the United Nations.


Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, center, may get a reprieve after a scare this week in which he expected to be fired.

White House advisers worry that Democrats could be further energized if it appeared Trump was forcing out Rosenstein in an effort to obstruct Mueller's continuing investigation into Russia's election interference, the aide said.

Rosenstein oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, and the much ballyhooed - but unproven - accusations of collusion with the Trump campaign. He paused that effort just before the August recess, but he has said he may still pursue it if the Justice Department doesn't provide thousands of documents Republicans want related to the Russian Federation investigation.

"He's a very long-run, historical-minded guy in a lot of ways", Trusty said.

"Not wanting to fire Rod Rosenstein is consistent with what I have understood for weeks, not just days", said Rep Mark Meadows, a North Carolina Republican who talks to Trump often. "He's very nice, and we'll see". Avenatti represents Julie Swetnick, who came forward on Wednesday to accuse Kavanaugh of groping girls during high school drinking parties and attending parties where "gang" rapes occurred.

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