Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Trump says Chicago police should ‘stop and frisk’ to curb violence

Trump says Chicago police should ‘stop and frisk’ to curb violence

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and President Donald Trump planned to travel to Florida together on Air Force One on Monday, a week-and-a-half after the two were scheduled to discuss Rosenstein's reported comments a year ago concerning the president's fitness for office and an offer to secretly tape conversations with him, The New York Times reported on Monday.

"I look forward to being with him".

Trump faces mounting pressure from the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.

Rosenstein said he never pursued recording the President and denied any suggestion he advocated for Trump's removal. That will be very nice.

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"No I don´t, no", Trump responded to a question from journalists at the White House about whether he plans to sack Rod Rosenstein.

The Justice Department began preparing for a future without him: Matt Whitaker, Attorney General Jeff Sessions's chief of staff, would take over as deputy attorney general, and Noel Francisco, the solicitor general, would take over supervision of the Russian Federation probe.

The president's trip comes as the White House continues to revel in the successful confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

Trump had previously said that he would prefer not to fire the Justice Department's No. 2 official and that Rosenstein has told him he did not say the remarks attributed to him.

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"I have directed the attorney general's office to immediately go to the great City of Chicago to help straighten out the awful shooting wave", Trump said. Advisers had also cautioned Trump against doing anything dramatic in the weeks before the midterm elections next month.

Rosenstein is joining Trump aboard Air Force One to an event in Florida on Monday, a likely indication that his Justice Department job is at least temporarily safe.

The speculation over Rosenstein's future concerned Democrats, who feared that a dismissal could lead to Trump curtailing Mueller's probe. Trump says, "it must stop now".

Trump told reporters earlier on Monday that he has a "good relationship" with Rosenstein.

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But even as Trump has chose to leave Rosenstein in place - for now - the matter of what Rosenstein said and proposed doing likely will remain a political issues heading into the homestretch of the midterms - and beyond.

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