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May 20, 2019

Kavanaugh hearing trumps plans for meeting between White House, Rod Rosenstein

September 28, 2018
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and President Donald Trump have postponed their meeting. (Evan Vucci / AP)

Count President Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein among those determined to watch Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate hearing.

A highly-anticipated meeting between the Commander-in-Chief and the federal lawman was postponed until next week to avoid any conflict with the riveting, nationally-televised appearances of Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

“They do not want to do anything to interfere with the hearing,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

No date was announced for the new discussions regarding Rosenstein’s once-shaky future with the FBI.

The meeting was prompted by recent media reports that Rosenstein discussed making secret recordings of the President and using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

The President, despite his contentious relationship with the FBI, went on record Wednesday as saying his preference would be to keep Rosenstein as the No. 2 official in the agency.

“I would much prefer keeping Rod Rosenstein,” said Trump. “He said he did not say it. He said he does not believe that. He said he has a lot of respect for me, and he was very nice and we’ll see.”

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway reiterated Thursday that Trump was still looking benevolently on Rosenstein’s future. And friends of Rosenstein say they do not expect the lifelong government employee to step down from his position when he and the president finally do meet.

Part of their prickly relationship stems from Rosenstein’s May 2017 appointment of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, followed by his steadfast support of the ongoing investigation. Trump has repeatedly denounced the probe as a “witch hunt.”

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