- The Washington Times
Tuesday, September 25, 2018

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders remained mum Tuesday about the whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will keep his job.

In two network television interviews, Mrs. Sanders declined to answer questions about Mr. Rosenstein’s future after reports emerged Monday that he would be leaving the Justice Department. Conflicting reports from multiple news outlets said Mr. Rosenstein was either resigning or being fired, but he remains in his job as of Tuesday morning.

President Trump is set to meet with Mr. Rosenstein Thursday to discuss his fate. But Mrs. Sanders dodged questions on whether that meeting would end with Mr. Rosenstein’s termination.

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When asked on “Good Morning America” if the president has confidence in Mr. Rosenstein, Mrs. Sanders responded, “He has confidence in the system.”

Mrs. Sanders was pressed for greater detail but simply said she wasn’t “going to get ahead of the conversation” between the president and No. 2 official at the Justice Department. Instead, Mrs. Sanders said Mr. Trump was planning to have a “long and good conversation” with Mr. Rosenstein.

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends,” Mrs. Sanders said the president is “disappointed” by a number of actions that have taken place at the Justice Department. She said Mr. Trump “wants some answers” from Justice Department officials, which could involve Mr. Rosenstein but also others.

Rumors of Mr. Rosenstein’s departure started Friday after The New York Times reported he discussed secretly wearing a wire to record Mr. Trump and invoked the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

Mrs. Sanders did not directly address the controversy, but told “Good Morning America” there have been a number of incidents at the Justice Department that have caused “a great deal of concern.”

Gabriella Munoz contributed to this article.

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