×

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to Meet Trump Thursday Amid Cloudy Future

UPDATED: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to meet on Thursday with President Trump, amid conflicting reports about whether or not he will be asked to resign.

Rosenstein’s job has been in jeopardy since the New York Times reported on Friday that he mulled wearing a wire to record the president, and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Rosenstein denied the report.

In a statement on Monday, the White House said that Rosenstein and Trump had an “extended conversation” about the story over the phone. They will meet face-to-face on Thursday, according to the statement.

Earlier reports indicated that Rosenstein had either told Chief of Staff John Kelly that he would resign, or that Rosenstein had told associates that he expected to be fired on Monday.

Rosenstein’s ouster could imperil Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He was supervising the probe after Attorney General Jeff Sessions had to recuse himself because of his involvement in the campaign. Solicitor general Noel Francisco will reportedly oversee the investigation in Rosenstein’s absence.

The Times reported that Rosenstein mulled invoking the 25th Amendment in the spring of 2017, shortly after the president fired FBI Director James Comey. Rosenstein had denied making comments about wearing a wire or working to remove Trump from office. Other outlets have reported that the remarks were made in jest. He was reportedly angry that a memo he wrote about James Comey was cited as grounds for firing the FBI director.

Rosenstein, a Republican, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 25, 2017. He previously had a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and served as the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.

Popular on Variety

More Politics

  • Studio Babelsberg

    Terminated 'Matrix 4,' 'Uncharted' Film Crews Demand Help From Studio Babelsberg

    Germany’s Studio Babelsberg is seeking to find a settlement with hundreds of film crew members following the shutdown earlier this month of Warner Bros.’ “The Matrix 4” and Sony Pictures’ “Uncharted” amid the coronavirus outbreak. The production stop has left many independent film crew members without pay and more than 300 have formed a working [...]

  • Queen Elizabeth

    Queen Elizabeth's Footman Diagnosed with Coronavirus (Report)

    Coronavirus remains firmly in the royal orbit as one of Queen Elizabeth’s footmen has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19. The royal footman, who regularly walks the Queen’s dogs and was in regular contact with the monarch, is now in self-isolation after falling ill with coronavirus, according to British tabloid The Sun. The revelation comes just [...]

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

    House Passes $2 Trillion Coronavirus Bill as Lawmakers Promise Additional Aid

    The House of Representatives passed the $2 trillion stimulus package on Friday, even as lawmakers said another rescue package would be needed. The bill passed on a voice vote. President Donald Trump signed the measure on Friday afternoon in the Oval Office. Most Americans will receive a one-time payment of $1,200 plus $500 per child. [...]

  • Chuck Schumer

    Senate Approves Massive $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill

    The Senate voted on Wednesday to approve a $2 trillion bill to cushion the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, including hundreds of billions for companies and a massive expansion of unemployment benefits. The Senate voted 96-0 to approve the measure, after two votes earlier in week failed along party lines. The House of Representatives [...]

  • Mitch McConnell

    Senate Leaders Reach Deal on $2 Trillion Coronavirus Bill

    Senate leaders and the White House have reached a deal on a $2 trillion stimulus package, which includes a large increase in unemployment insurance and hundreds of billions of dollars to aid companies harmed by the coronavirus pandemic. Shortly before 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on the Senate floor [...]

  • Coronavirus India lockdown

    India's Prime Minister Orders Lockdown of Country of 1.3 Billion People for 21 Days

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India announced a sweeping, nationwide lockdown on Tuesday, declaring citizens across the country of 1.3 billion must stay at home for the next three weeks. Addressing the country for the second time in a week, the prime minister said the decree, which takes effect at midnight Tuesday, was a necessary [...]

  • White House Shutterstock

    White House Reporter Believed to Have Coronavirus

    A reporter who works at the White House is believed to have the novel coronavirus, the White House Correspondents’ Association said on Monday. In a memo to its members, the WHCA said the reporter was at the White House four times in the last two weeks: on March 9, 11, 16 and 18. “We encourage [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content