President Trump hinted Friday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may not be working at the Department of Justice much longer.
During a campaign rally in Springfield, Missouri, Trump suggested that about “95 percent” of people at the Department of Justice and the FBI supported him, “but you’ve got some real bad ones,” pointing out that at the FBI “they’re all gone.”
“But there’s a lingering stench and we’re going to get rid of that too,” Trump proclaimed.
He made the comment hours after the New York Times reported that Rosenstein had discussed recruiting members of Trump’s cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment against the president in the days following FBI Director James Comey’s dismissal.
The Times reported that Rosenstein suggested secretly recording Trump as well.
Rosenstein is in charge of the ongoing Russia probe because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.
Also at the rally, Trump continued to back his problematic Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh.
“Fantastic man. Fantastic man,” Trump said of the judge, who’s been accused of a high school-era sexual assault.
The president was in the Show Me State to stump for state Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is running against Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
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Taking on McCaskill the president said, “She just announced she won’t vote for [Kavanaugh], can you believe it?”
“And he was born – you talk about Central Casting – he was born, they were saying it 10 years ago about him, he was born for it. And it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen,” Trump said of Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation.
It was an encore of Thursday night’s rally in Las Vegas, where Trump called Kavanaugh “one of the finest human beings you will ever have the privilege of knowing or meeting” and boasted about the “tremendous support” the judge had.
Prior to the president bringing up Kavanaugh, the crowd had chanted the Supreme Court pick’s name.
On Friday, however, Trump riled up lawmakers including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), a pivotal swing vote, by tweeting, “Why didn’t someone call the FBI 36 years ago?”
The president had made the same quip to Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity the night before in an interview conducted directly before the campaign rally.
“If the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed,” Trump tweeted Friday morning.
Collins said she was “appalled” by the president’s statement.
“I thought that the president’s tweet was completely inappropriate and wrong,” the Maine Republican said.
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