According to Reuters, Trump told a group of reporters that he does not have any plans to fire Rosenstein, despite a recent bombshell report claiming that the Deputy AG previously discussed recording the president and galvanizing cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office.
When asked about any plans to fire Rosenstein, Trump said, “No I don’t, no.”
“I have a good relationship with him,” Trump said, referring to Rosenstein. “I didn’t know Rod before, but I’ve gotten to know him, and I get along very well with him.”
Rosenstein is traveling on Air Force One with Trump to Florida, where they will speak to police chiefs about upholding and enforcing the rule of law.
Questions about Trump firing Rosenstein have been constant since media reports in late September claimed that senior officials (aka anonymous sources) heard Rosenstein imply that he wanted to secretly record conversations with Trump.
The report also stated that he had previously spoken with Cabinet members about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
Despite Trump giving no indication since the report that he plans to fire Rosenstein, the media has run rampant with speculation that the president is going to can him.
Aside from no proof to support the claims, many are also reasonably noting that the president would have more than enough reason to fire Rosenstein.
Rosenstein has numerous troubling conflicts of interests with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, signed four applications from the FBI to obtain FISA warrants to spy on Carter Page, a brief aide on the Trump campaign, and has allowed Mueller unfettered powers to charge people for crimes that supposedly occurred decades ago.
Rosenstein has also come under heavy fire for refusing to hand over many documents to congressional lawmakers regarding Mueller’s probe.
GOP lawmakers, who have been threatening to introduce articles of impeachment, have said they have evidence to show that the DOJ’s No. 2 has not been complying with congressional requests for more than a year about the phony Russia investigation.
Rosenstein has also been sharply criticized for appearing to give Mueller’s team unfettered powers despite the fact that the special counsel’s office has not provided any evidence that Trump colluded with Russia, acted unethically, or broken any laws.
Trump appears to be standing by Rosenstein, for now. But, all of that could change in the future if Mueller’s probe is allowed to drag out for years.