Amid furor, Trump pushes pause on deciding Rosenstein’s fate
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) – A big story had broken, and President Donald Trump was seeking opinions about what to do.
Reports said the second-ranking Justice Department official had suggested wearing a wire to secretly record Trump, and also raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment, which deals with removing a president from office.
On Air Force One flights to and from a Missouri rally last week, Trump polled his staff on the plane, called his outside network of advisers and kept a careful eye on what his favorite Fox News hosts were recommending about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
FILE – In this July 13, 2018, file photo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. Rosenstein is denying a report in The New York Times that he suggested last year that he secretly record President Donald Trump in the White House to expose the chaos in the administration. Rosenstein says the story is “inaccurate and factually incorrect.” (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
The messages were mixed. More favored containing Trump’s urge to fire Rosenstein. That step would mean open war with the Justice Department and cast doubt on the future of the special counsel’s Russia probe.
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