Trump postpones meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 30: U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delivers remarks during the Bureau of Justice Assistance's 'Fentanyl: The Real Deal' video release event at the Office of Justice Programs August 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. As U.S. President Donald Trump continues to openly criticise Attorney General Jeff Sessions over his recusing himself from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Rosenstein has defended the Justice Department's actions and special counsel Robert Mueller. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has postponed his highly anticipated meeting with embattled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein until next week to avoid interfering with the Senate hearing on sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court nominee.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the president spoke with Rosenstein “a few minutes ago” and they now plan to meet next week.

She said, “They do not want to do anything to interfere with the hearing.”

Rosenstein’s job is in question following reports he discussed possibly secretly recording the president and using the Constitution’s 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

Trump says he has denied the reports.

Trump also said Wednesday he’d “certainly prefer not” to fire Rosenstein, the Justice Department’s No. 2 official who is overseeing the special counsel investigation into Russian election meddling.