Trump says he may delay meeting with Rosenstein


House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's future at the Department of Justice lies in the hands of President Donald Trump and no one else.

"Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's letter appointing special counsel Robert Mueller does not give Mueller broad, far-reaching powers in this investigation", Whitaker wrote.

Trump, during a wide-ranging news conference following a gathering of the United Nations General Assembly, also told reporters that he may delay a scheduled Thursday meeting with Rosenstein to discuss his tenure so as not to interfere with a Senate hearing where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is slated to confront allegations of sexual assault.

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 a year ago 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. "I think that is a very, very unsafe standard for our country", Trump said, before saying he looked forward to the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, one of the women who's accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, on Thursday.

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

Mr. Trump said he had spoken to Rosenstein, and Rosenstein said he "never said" he would invoke the 25th Amendment.

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This Monday, Rosenstein was widely rumored to be on the point of being fired or handing in his resignation when he arrived for a meeting with the White House chief of staff.

"They fought and died with us", Trump said of the Kurds. I would certainly prefer [not firing him].

The president has frequently criticized Rosenstein, who has been steadfast in trying to protect Mueller as the probe digs ever deeper into Trump's inner circle.

According to the report, Trump did not offer Whitaker the deputy AG position at the time - but did want to reiterate that he has "faith" in him.

Trump then asked other reporters in the room if they were Kurdish.