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

- President Trump visited Orlando this Monday and delivered a speech, as he attended the International Association of Chiefs of Police at the Orange County Convention Center.

Trump told reporters earlier on Monday that he has a "good relationship" with Rosenstein. "I haven't heard him say that again to me".

"The press wants to know, 'What did you talk about?"' Trump said later to an audience of police officials. The same day, Trump and Rosenstein spoke by phone while the president was at an United Nations conference in NY.

Rosenstein oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into possible contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

"There's no reason for what's going on there", Trump said, adding that the controversial practice where police are able to stop, question and pat-down individuals they deem suspicious works when it is "properly applied".

Rosenstein and Trump had been expected to meet at the White House days later, but that meeting was put off so that the president could focus on a confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

When the Times report broke, Rosenstein adamantly denied the claims, saying: "I never pursued or authorized recording the president, and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the president is absolutely false". The official who described Rosenstein's plans was not authorized to speak publicly about the trip and requested anonymity.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's work been overseen by Rosenstein since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.

"Any effort to undermine the Mueller investigation will be obstruction of justice", Hoyer said. So far, most Republicans are sticking by Trump, but if the party concludes his antics since taking office contributed to the GOP losing the House - and possibly the Senate - then the impeachment math could swing against him.

Just weeks before the midterm elections, Trump accused Democrats of being soft on crime.

But even as Trump has made a decision 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.

Asked by a reporter how the conversation with Rosenstein went, Trump replied, "Great".

Last month, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., subpoenaed the memos and materials belonging to McCabe as part of their ongoing joint investigation into decisions "made and not made" by the Justice Department and the FBI during the 2016 election. Don't hit their head, I said, 'You can take the hand away, OK?' " he added.

  • Joey Payne