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Trump won’t fire collusion probe boss because of ‘very good relationship’

10 October 2018

Rod Rosenstein had appeared close to being fired following USA media reports, which he denied, that he discussed secretly recording Donald Trump.

There has been widespread speculation that Trump might oust Rosenstein, a frequent target of Trump's tweeted criticism, after a New York Times report that he had made remarks about Trump's fitness for office and offered to record conversations with him. For Analysis, RT America's Scottie Nell Hughes is joined by Florida Democratic Party Chair Mitch Ceasar and former republican congressman Michael Grimm.

"We had a very good talk, I will say".

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Rosenstein's job at the Justice Department, which includes oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election, seems secure - for now. Emanuel announced he would try to negotiate an out-of-court agreement to overhaul the Police Department - a move blasted by reform advocates who said a federal judge's oversight was needed to bring lasting change to the force.

"As the Justice Department found after an extensive investigation, Chicago residents and police officers have endured decades of serious problems that have endangered too many lives", she said.

"Thank you as well to our Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for being here, flew down together", Trump said at the IACP event.

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Hours before Trump addressed the police chiefs, a handful of protesters outside the Orange County Convention Center waved signs reading "Sexual Predators Belong in Jail Not as President or Supreme Court" and "We Wish You Were Fake News". Rosenstein denied making such statements. He said he was working hard on the opioid crisis and announced more than $42 million in new grant funding for innovative projects to fight the drug epidemic.

As he left the White House for Orlando, Trump was asked by a reporter if he had any plans to fire Rosenstein. He met in person with White House chief of staff John Kelly and spoke by phone with Trump during a tumultuous day that ended with him still in his job.

And he blamed "evil" people for almost sinking his Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, saying, "It was a disgraceful situation".

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Rosenstein was reported to have made the remarks about secretly recording Trump in conversations with other Justice Department and FBI officials and McCabe, then the acting bureau director, was one of the people that wrote a memo that documented Rosenstein's comments. Advisers had also cautioned Trump against doing anything dramatic in the weeks before the midterm elections next month. Russian Federation denies interfering and Trump says there was no collusion between his campaign and Moscow. Democrats believe it would raise questions about whether Trump would shut down the Mueller probe, which could energize their voters in House and Senate races.

Trump won’t fire collusion probe boss because of ‘very good relationship’