Trump says won't fire embattled Russian Federation probe official

Larry Hoffman
October 10, 2018

"I'm not making any changes", Trump told reporters as he returned to the White House after traveling with Rosenstein to an global police chiefs' conference in Florida.

"The press wants to know, 'What did you talk about?'" Trump said at the start of his speech after he thanked Rosenstein for being there and noted the intense media interest.

President Donald Trump says he doesn't have plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "I know the law enforcement people in Chicago and I know how good they are, they could solve the problem if they were simply allowed to do their job and do their job properly", he said. "We actually get along".

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 awful shooting wave" in Chicago.

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 safety of Chicago depends on it", Sessions said. "And we win", Trump said.

There has been widespread speculation that Trump might oust Rosenstein, a frequent target of Trump's tweeted criticism, after a New York Times report that he had made remarks about Trump's fitness for office and offered to record conversations with him.

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

Rosenstein is overseeing the probe, which is being led by special counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller.

The Justice Department has denied that Rosenstein had proposed invoking the 25th Amendment of the Constitution and issued a statement that said the remark about recording the president was meant sarcastically. He said he was working hard on the opioid crisis and announced more than $42 million in new grant funding for innovative projects to fight the drug epidemic. He met in person with White House chief of staff John Kelly and spoke by phone with Trump during a tumultuous day that ended with him still in his job.

As he left the White House for Orlando, Trump was asked by a reporter if he had any plans to fire Rosenstein.

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.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump and Rosenstein talked about the controversy during their 45-minute-long conversation on the flight, where Kelly and another Department of Justice official, Ed O'Callaghan, were also present.

It has been rumored Trump might fire Rosenstein because of the ongoing Russian Federation investigation that is looking at whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation.

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