"At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories", White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.
The development comes just days after reports that in the days after the firing of FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein had raised the idea of secretly recording President Donald Trump and of invoking the 25th Amendment to have the Cabinet remove the president from office.
And the White House reports that Trump, who's now in New York City for a United Nations gathering, spoke with Rosenstein Monday and will meet with him Thursday at the White House.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday (Sep 23) that U.S. officials should either support President Donald Trump or quit after a report that the Justice Department's Number Two discussed ways to remove Trump over mental incompetence.
Rosenstein has been a controversial figure in the Trump administration for some time. Some of Trump's fiercest congressional allies had already floated trying to impeach the deputy attorney general.
Rosenstein's prospective departure throws into question the oversight of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Rosenstein's departure would prompt questions about whether Trump, who has called the Russian Federation investigation a "witch hunt", would seek to remove Mueller. The solicitor general, the fourth highest position at the Department of Justice, is in charge of representing the federal government in front of the Supreme Court.
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NBC News reported that Rosenstein said he would not resign and the White House would have to fire him.
And on Saturday, another Trump cable favourite, Jeanine Pirro, took to Twitter to wonder if Rosenstein himself leaked the story "to force" Trump to fire him.
Getty Rod Rosenstein was sacked from his position as U.S. Attorney General on Monday.
Rosenstein also claimed that the anonymous sources cited in the story were motivated by anti-DOJ sentiment and their "personal agenda".
Top administration officials responded to that op-ed and the revelations around Mr. Rosenstein in much the same way: telling anyone who believes the president is unfit for office to find a new job. But let me clear about this: "Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment".
Rosenstein assumed supervision of the investigation after his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself because of his own contacts with Russia's ambassador to Washington while serving as a Trump campaign adviser became public.
The Senate previously crafted legislation that would give added protections to Mueller if he were to try and be fired, but it didn't go far enough to protect Rosenstein or put protections in place for Mueller if his replacement meddles in the probe.
The White House used Rosenstein's memo to justify Comey's firing. "Don't put this country through a constitutional crisis".