Paul Ryan Urges GOP to Let Trump Decide Rosenstein's Future

Rod Rosenstein Has Verbally Resigned To John Kelly

"I think the stakes are basically this: This is either the beginning of the end of the Trump presidency or it's the beginning of the end of the Justice Department", he said. I would certainly prefer not doing that.

"There's no obstruction except for the fact that I fight back, if you call that obstruction", he said.

Rosenstein's job has been in question since The New York Times reported last week that he had talked about recording the president and invoking the 25th Amendment against Mr. Trump, which would set in motion the process to remove him from office.

The future of the No. 2 official at the Justice Department was thrown into doubt on Friday with a report in the New York Times that Rosenstein had suggested to colleagues past year that he could secretly record conversations with the president and also discussed invoking the 25th Amendment that allows for removing a president who's unfit. Gly asked what, specifically, Trump's administration would do to support Kurdish people in Iraq and Syria as the Islamic State threat waned.

The president's comments appeared to be good news for Rosenstein, who has been a political target of Trump and his allies in Congress for months.

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"I may call Rod tonight or tomorrow and ask for a little bit of a delay to the meeting, because I don't want to do anything that gets in the way of this very important Supreme Court pick", Trump said.

Trump, referencing Rosenstein's authority overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, said his "preference would be to keep him, to let him finish up". That meeting was scheduled after The New York Times reported that Rosenstein allegedly suggested wearing a "wire" while with Trump.

But the meeting may be postponed. The Justice Department issued statements Friday aimed at denying the reports, including one that said the wiretap remark was meant sarcastically. Trump has been critical of Rosenstein's oversight of the probe, but the two have at times displayed a warm working relationship, and Rosenstein has been spared some of the more personal and antagonistic broadsides levelled against Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump scheduled the meeting with Rosenstein to discuss his professional fate - and perhaps the future of the investigation into Russia's election interference in 2016.

The question now is for how much longer.

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