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President Trump said Wednesday his "preference" would be for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to stay in his job - and he also may delay a meeting scheduled for Thursday with Rosenstein about his future with the Justice Department.

Rosenstein is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and his dismissal would put that probe in jeopardy and create a political storm.

Trump said Wednesday that Rosenstein denied making remarks attributed to him in a New York Times report, including that Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Trump previous year.

The president was scheduled to meet with Rosenstein Thursday to discuss reports that he offered to wear a wire in the White House past year and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump.

Trump also revealed he may call Rosenstein tonight or tomorrow to delay the meeting, saying "I don't want to do anything that gets in the way" of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the judge of sexually assaulting her during a party in high school. Rosenstein denied the story. Speaking at the United Nations earlier, Trump said a time and location for the talks would be announced in the near future, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to travel to Pyongyang in October to discuss the matter further.

"I've had a lot of false charges made against me", Trump said.

Trump says he may delay meeting with Rosenstein

Mr. Trump said he had spoken to Rosenstein, and Rosenstein said he "never said" he would invoke the 25th Amendment.

According to the report, Trump did not offer Whitaker the deputy AG position at the time - but did want to reiterate that he has "faith" in him.

"I'm talking to him".

Even allies say that nothing should be done before the November midterm congressional elections in six weeks, arguing that the ensuing row would fuel expected Democratic momentum for making gains in the legislature.

On Monday it seemed like Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was on his way out.

Even if Rosenstein survives the week, it's not clear how much longer he'll be around.

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