Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a frequent target of President Donald Trump's criticism over the federal investigation into Russian activities during the 2016 presidential election, is flying to Florida with Trump on Monday, according to an official familiar with the matter.
Rosenstein's status has been in question since reports surfaced last month that he had talked about recording Trump to expose chaos inside the White House.
"I didn't know Rod before, but I got to know him and I get along very well with him", Trump said.
Hours before Trump addressed the police chiefs, a handful of protesters outside the Orange County Convention Center waved signs reading "Sexual Predators Belong in Jail Not as President or Supreme Court" and "We Wish You Were Fake News".
Asked if Rosenstein still has a job, Gidley said he does.
Trump was initially slated to meet with Rosenstein during the last week of September, but the meeting was delayed amid the Kavanaugh battle.
As the plan was taking shape, Rosenstein went to the White House expecting he would be fired but wound up staying in his job. The White House said conversations between Rosenstein and Trump would continue after Trump returned from UN General Assembly events.
Rosenstein and Trump delayed a planned September 27 one-on-one meeting until Monday to allow Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's contentious confirmation process to play out. Rosenstein said he never pursued recording the President and denied any suggestion he advocated for Trump's removal.
The President told reporters on Monday that he has no plans to fire Rosenstein.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's work been overseen by Rosenstein since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation. "She's leading now substantially, which she should", Trump said. Despite protests, Trump backed him the whole time. Advisers had also cautioned Trump against doing anything dramatic in the weeks before the midterm elections next month.
But even as Trump has chose to leave Rosenstein in place - for now - the matter of what Rosenstein said and proposed doing likely will remain a political issues heading into the homestretch of the midterms - and beyond. The documents reportedly chronicle conversations in which Rosenstein discussed the idea of secretly recording Trump for the objective of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
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