President Donald Trump said he would most probably postpone the meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but that he felt sympathetic towards Rosenstein.
Rosenstein was accused of giving a proposition that Trump should be wiretapped and have the 25th amendment invoked against him, which has raised the chances that the President fired the man in charge of the Russian interference probe.
President Trump and Rosenstein were scheduled to meet at Capitol Hill on Thursday.
“I’m talking to him now, we’ve had a good talk he says he never said it,” said the President. He added that he was not pleased with Rosenstein’s work on the investigation. “There was no collusion, there was no obstruction unless you call obstruction the fact that I fight back. I do fight back,” Trump noted.
Republicans have demanded Rosenstein to step down; however, Democrats expressed concerns that if he is indeed fired, special counsel Robert Muller could be next.
Nevertheless, Trump said that he was sympathetic towards Rosenstein.
“I would much prefer keeping him,” the President said. “He said he did not say it. He said he does not believe that. And nobody in this room believes it, by the way,” he added, speaking at a press conference from the Palace Hotel in New York City. But the President ensured his authority was known, “many people said I had the right to absolutely fire him,” he added.
Trump also said that he is considering postponing the meeting with Rosenstein in an effort to keep the focus on the appointment of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, which he said was his current priority.
“I may call Rod tonight or tomorrow and ask for a little bit of a delay in the meeting. I don’t want to do anything that gets in the way of this very important Supreme Court pick,” he explained.
According to Rosenstein who rejected all claims, the report in the New York Times was “inaccurate” and “factually incorrect.”