President Donald Trump talked up his relations with deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, and indicated the Justice Department official had given reassurances following reports he had offered to wear a wire to secretly record Trump.
Trump discussed his ride aboard Air Force One with Rosenstein, where the two men spoke following a delayed meeting where there had been rumors the president would fire the number two DOJ official who is overseeing the Russia probe.
‘Well I actually get along well with Rod,’ Trump told ‘Fox and Friends’ during an extended call-in interview Thursday. ‘We have a witch-hunt going on which is disgraceful,’ Trump said, before running through FBI officials he considers ‘very bad’ or outright ‘horrible’ – including former FBI Director James Comey.
Trump then got asked about the news that Rosenstein would not go to Capitol Hill to address lawmakers on the Judiciary and Government Oversight Committee, who are demanding answers following a New York Times report that Rosenstein offered to wear a wire and talked about invoking the 25th Amendment to try to remove Trump.
One Republican, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, even flew to D.C. with the hurricane approaching his state, saying he needed to attend the planned appearance.
‘Actually I was surprised at that – I would think he would [appear],’ Trump said.
‘He mentioned certain things to me that, you know, are very positive about that event. I would imagine you would want to put that down. Frankly whether you were under oath or not shouldn’t matter. But he mentioned things to me I would think would be fine for him to testify,’ Trump said.
‘So you know when Congress calls. So I would I’m a little surprised Rod wouldn’t do it. We have a good relationship with Rod because we … work on other things,’ Trump said.
The meeting got postponed, and may not happen until after the November elections.
Cohost Brian Kilmeade then told Trump he heard the two were bonded by ‘distrust’ of former deputy director of the FBI Andrew McCabe.
‘And McCabe is a bad guy. Comey is a very bad guy. This country got lucky when I fired him,’ Trump said. Rod wrote a memo, you read that memo how horrible Comey is. He is horrible guy and he lied and he leaked. He lied before Congress.’
Rosenstein wrote a memo outlining Comey’s conduct during the Hillary Clinton email probe that Trump used to justify Comey’s firing, though Rosenstein reportedly felt blindsided at how Trump used the information.
‘And McCabe is a bad guy. Comey is a very bad guy. This country got lucky when I fired him,’ Trump said.
Rod wrote a memo, you read that memo how horrible Comey is. He is horrible guy and he lied and he leaked. He lied before Congress.’