Rosenstein to fly with Trump to Florida on Monday, official says

Rosenstein to fly with Trump to Florida on Monday, official says

Rosenstein was flying with Trump on Air Force One on Monday after widespread speculation just weeks ago that Trump could fire him, following a news report that he had questioned Trump's fitness and wanted to record conversations with him in order to expose chaos in the White House.

"That'll be very nice", Trump told reporters outside the White House today.

"I didn't know Rod before, but I've gotten to know him", Trump said at the White House.

"The crime spree is a bad blight on that city, and we'll do everything possible to get it done", Trump said.

Asked if Rosenstein still has a job, Gidley said he does.

Trump and Rosenstein had been scheduled to meet last week to discuss The New York Times report that flung Rosenstein into limbo.

Rosenstein is overseeing the probe, which is being led by special counsel and former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller.

"It works, and it was meant for problems like Chicago", Trump said.

And he blamed "evil" people for almost sinking his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, saying, "It was a disgraceful situation".

The report claimed Rosenstein made the suggestions in spring 2017 after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey and the president met privately in the Oval Office with then-Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. As he walked out of the executive mansion that day, Kelly made sure to join him and shook his hand in view of photographers. Democrats warned doing so would trigger a Constitutional crisis since Mueller had yet to finish his work.

Trump said Kavanaugh would be "a faithful defender of the rule of law".

Sen. Ron Wyden, R-Ore., said recently that if Trump fires Rosenstein "for the goal of protecting himself from the Mueller investigation, that would represent high crimes and misdemeanors".

White House officials have told The Post that Trump is unlikely to fire Rosenstein before the midterm elections in November.

It was not immediately clear whether Trump and Rosenstein talked about the controversy during their 45-minute-long conversation on the flight, where Kelly and another Department of Justice official, Ed O'Callaghan, were also present.

Trying to appease conservative House Republicans who have threatened Rosenstein with impeachment proceedings, the deputy AG has agreed to talk to them in a private session.

The use of "stop-and-frisk" has since been dramatically reduced in NY, with fewer than 11,000 stops reported in 2017 compared to more than 680,000 in 2011.

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