President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the probe into Russia’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, agreed to delay a planned meeting until next week so as not to interfere with a Senate hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the White House said on Thursday.

Trump had expected to meet with Rosenstein to discuss a news report that he had suggested secretly recording the president and recruiting Cabinet members to remove him from office. The two men talked and agreed to postponed their meeting, the White House said.

There was widespread speculation earlier this week that Trump might fire Rosenstein following the New York Times story, but the president told a news conference on Wednesday that he would prefer to keep the deputy attorney general in his job.

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