President Donald Trump shakes hands with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after a roundtable on immigration policy at Morrelly Homeland Security Center in May.

President Donald Trump shakes hands with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after a roundtable on immigration policy at Morrelly Homeland Security Center in May. Evan Vucci/AP

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Rosenstein’s Day of Reckoning with the President

The deputy attorney general is set to meet and explain himself to the president. But Trump may postpone the session and reports warming relations, even as House Republicans fume.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was reportedly convinced that he’d be fired following a bombshell New York Times report that described comments he apparently made about President Trump privately last year. But whether or not Rosenstein emerges from a meeting with Trump this week with his job intact, House Republicans are salivating at the thought of exploiting The Times’story to tighten the noose on the Justice Department.

Trump and Rosenstein were scheduled to meet Thursday, but the president said during a rambling press conference late Wednesday afternoon that he might “ask for a little bit of a delay” so that their meeting wouldn’t interfere with the Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearing of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte, however, appears to be moving full steam ahead—he has given the committee’s Democrats notice that he plans to subpoena the Justice Department on Thursday for memos written by former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe, according to a committee source. McCabe reportedly documented Rosenstein’s suggestions that Trump be secretly recorded and even removed via the 25th Amendment, but the Justice Department has declined Republicans’ requests to hand over the memos.