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WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Rod Rosenstein is still the Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. but his hold on the job may be tenuous. 

Rosenstein will meet with President Trump at the White House on Thursday, after Trump returns from the annual UN meetings in New York.  In a statement today, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the two men talked extensively by phone about an explosive New York Times report last week. 

Rosenstein has strongly denied the report that he considered wearing a wire in meetings with Trump last year.  He also denied discussing the 25th Amendment in an effort to replace the President. 

Those conversations reportedly occurred after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.  NBC has reported that Rosenstein claimed he was joking about wearing a wire. 

Rosenstein oversees the work of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Trump regularly calls the Russia probe a “rigged witch hunt.” 

Sanders’ statement followed a morning of wild media speculation about Rosenstein’s fate.  

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