The Latest: Trump affirms Thursday meeting with Rosenstein

FILE - In this July 13, 2018 file photo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington. Rosenstein is expecting to be fired, heading to White House Monday morning.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein leaves the White House in Washington, Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump gestures as he arrives at Springfield-Branson National Airport before attending a campaign rally in Springfield, Mo. Trump polled staff, called his outside network of advisers and kept a careful eye on what his favorite hosts on his favorite network were recommending. The messages were mixed, but more were in favor of repressing the urge to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, a move that would declare open warfare with the Justice Department and cast doubt on the future of the special counsel’s Russia probe. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

WASHINGTON — The Latest on President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

President Donald Trump says at the United Nations that he'll be meeting with his embattled deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein on Thursday. "Today," he says, "I'm doing other things."

Trump was asked by reporters as he entered the U.N. on Tuesday if he was considering firing Rosenstein. Trump didn't address Rosenstein's long-term future, only that they would meet when the president returns to the White House later this week.

Rosenstein expected to be fired on Monday when he met with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. But Rosenstein and Trump spoke by phone later Monday and decided to meet in person on Thursday.

Rosenstein's future has been in question after a report that he suggested recording Trump and removing him from office. Rosenstein oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

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7:25 a.m.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders is leaving unclear whether President Donald Trump has confidence in the No. 2 man at the Justice Department.

Speaking Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Sanders was asked whether her boss has confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after a report that he suggested recording Trump and removing him from office.

"The president has confidence in the system," Sanders replied.

Rosenstein denied the report that first appeared in The New York Times. He expected to be fired on Monday, when he met with John Kelly, Trump's chief of staff. Instead, Rosenstein and Trump talked on the phone and questions about his future were effectively tabled until Thursday.

Rosenstein oversees special counsel Robert Mueller and his probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

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12:37 a.m.

The deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, is facing a showdown with President Donald Trump over whether Rosenstein will keep his job.

He is expected to meet with the president at the White House on Thursday. A sure topic are the media reports that Rosenstein had discussed secretly recording Trump and possibly using constitutional procedures to remove him from office. Rosenstein disputes those reports.

Rosenstein met Monday with White House chief of staff John Kelly. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Rosenstein expected to be fired. He ended up speaking by phone to Trump himself, and questions about his future were effectively tabled until Thursday.

Rosenstein oversees special counsel Robert Mueller and his Russia probe, which would fall into uncertainty if Rosenstein left the Justice Department.

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