Rod Rosenstein: Russia probe chief set for Trump showdown

By Mutala Yakubu

The US deputy attorney general has had an "extended conversation" with the president, the White House says, amid doubts over his future in the job.

Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel's Russia inquiry, is set for crunch talks with Donald Trump on Thursday, said the White House.

They discussed reports Mr Rosenstein talked last year about ousting Mr Trump and secretly taping him.

Mr Trump is currently at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
America's second most senior law official was summoned to the White House on Monday amid a report that he was expecting to be fired and had verbally resigned to the president's chief of staff.

But White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said afterwards: "At the request of the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories.


"Because the President is at the United Nations General Assembly and has a full schedule with leaders from around the world, they will meet on Thursday when the President returns to Washington DC."

If Mr Rosenstein did lose his job, another Department of Justice official, the solicitor general, would be in line to take over supervision of the investigation into whether there was any collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign before the 2016 election.

Mr Rosenstein assumed oversight of the inquiry after his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself when it emerged he had been in contact with Russia's ambassador to Washington while serving as a Trump campaign adviser.

Mr Rosenstein and Mr Trump are believed to have discussed Friday's report in the New York Times that the deputy attorney general had discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke a US constitutional clause that provides for the removal of a president if deemed unfit for office.

According to the newspaper, Mr Rosenstein had also suggested surreptitiously recording the president in order to expose the chaos in the White House.

He denied the claims, and a Department of Justice spokesperson told the BBC the secret recording remark was just a joke.

The deputy attorney general was said to have made the remarks after Mr Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.

Source: bbc