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Trump affirms Thursday meeting with Rosenstein

Mike Pompeo made his thinly-veiled attack amid questions over whether Mr Trump would fire Mr Rosenstein

President Donald Trump speaks at the United Nations on Monday in NY with U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley. Although the outlet's social media handles promoted the story as if Rosenstein's resignation was definitive, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders disputed the reporting.

The New York Times and The Washington Post said that Rosenstein was preparing to be dismissed, following the publication of earlier reports that he had discussed ways to remove Trump over incompetence.

In this file photo taken on May 23, 2018, US President Donald Trump speaks with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (R) at Morrelly Homeland Security Center in Bethpage, New York.

The New York Times reported Friday that memos written by former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe showed Rosenstein in spring 2017 suggested secretly recording Trump and recruiting Cabinet members to remove him from office.

One Trump adviser said that the president has not been pressuring Rosenstein to leave, but that his resignation was a topic of private discussions all weekend.

Rosenstein would not be meeting in person on Monday with Trump, who is in NY attending the United Nations General Assembly.

"This story must not be used as a pretext for the corrupt goal of firing Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in order install an official who will allow the president to interfere with the Special Counsel's investigation", Mr Schumer said in a statement.

Any termination or resignation would have immediate implications for special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of possible collaboration between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign before the 2016 election.

The House Judiciary Committee's top-ranking Democrat says President Donald Trump could add to a case of obstructing justice if he were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "Over the ensuing days, the president divulged classified intelligence to Russians in the Oval Office, and revelations emerged that Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey to pledge loyalty and end an investigation into a senior aide". Only the Times knows who's leaking these "erratic" Rosenstein tales and it's not clear its reporters know whether they are being used for nefarious purposes (or whether they care).

People familiar with the conversations said in the hours after the Times report, Trump questioned whether to fire him immediately. But that same night Sean Hannity took to the Fox airwaves to addressed the president directly, claiming he had it on good authority that the story was a set-up and that Trump shouldn't fire Rosenstein or anyone else.

"He is not going to be the deputy attorney general after the election", Dershowitz said. The article relies exclusively on an anonymous source cited as someone "briefed on Trump's thinking", and does not list the source as a White House official.

McCabe memorialised discussions he had with Rosenstein and other senior officials in the stress-packed days immediately following James Comey's firing as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

The White House says Trump and Rosenstein will meet Thursday.

'Nothing that has anything to do with the president or his campaign and it's ridiculous they continue to drum this up and drag it out and it should, I think, be wrapping up, ' she said on ABC.

Today, another of McCabe's memos (which were also the source of Friday's Times story) has drawn Rosenstein even more into the situation - and in a way that makes it more hard for him to look like a neutral overseer.