Published: Thu, September 27, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Rosenstein may get to keep his job after all

Rosenstein may get to keep his job after all

President Donald Trump on Wednesday referred to a Kurdish journalist as "Mr. Kurd" during a marathon press conference following the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

Trump's remarks Wednesday followed a chaotic period that began Friday with reports that Rosenstein had past year discussed possibly secretly recording the president and invoking the Constitution to remove Trump from office.

However, Trump said that a meeting scheduled for Thursday at the White House between him and Rosenstein might be put off, because of the focus on a separate political drama over his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh. "I'll be watching", Mr. Trump said of the televised hearing. Now it's possible I'll hear that and say hey I'm changing my mind.

Rosenstein, who has spent his entire career in government, "has tremendous loyalty to the department, " said former Justice Department lawyer and longtime friend James Trusty.

In that column, the soon-to-be chief of staff mentioned Rosenstein.

Friends and former colleagues of Rosenstein say they didn't expect him to step aside and give up oversight of Russian Federation investigation and the enormous swath of Justice Department operations for which he is responsible. "I think he may have some confidence that history will be kinder to him than politicians are".

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.

Rosenstein, who has repeatedly denied the reports, also contemplated pursuing Trump's removal in the spring of 2017, according to the Times, when the White House had been plunged into chaos following Comey's firing.

Trump has made no secret of his readiness to take on what he sees as a politicized, hostile Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Shortly after the Times story, Trump told supporters at a rally in Missouri that there is "a lingering stench" at the Justice Department and that "we're going to get rid of that, too".

But if events would seem to point to Rosenstein being pushed out, both Democrats and Trump's Republicans have urged caution.

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

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