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Rod Rosenstein to travel with Donald Trump for police chief conference

October 8, 2018

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is set to travel with President Trump on Monday as they plan to attend a conference of police chiefs from around the world in Orlando.

The two will be attending the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference, where Mr. Trump is scheduled to give the keynote speech. Mr. Trump is said to address the administration’s efforts to reduce violent crime.

It is believed to be the first time the two have been together since a New York Times report surfaced last month alleging Mr. Rosenstein discussed secretly recording Mr. Trump and talked about invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

Mr. Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, has denied the report, calling it “factually inaccurate.”

The president had sought to meet with Mr. Rosenstein about the report, but delayed it so he could focus on the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh. Mr. Rosenstein did meet with White House Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Kelly last month in what appeared to a friendly meeting.

It is not known if Mr. Rosenstein and Mr. Trump will discuss The New York Times report en route to Orlando. A spokesperson for the Justice Department referred all questions to the White House.

Speaking with reporters two weeks ago, Mr. Trump said the two had talked about the the article, and he would prefer not firing Mr. Rosenstein.

“We’ve had a good talk,” Mr. Trump told reporters during his recent trip to the United Nations in New York. “He said he didn’t say it. He says he doesn’t believe it. He says he has a lot of respect for me, and he was very nice, and we’ll see.”

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