House Speaker Paul Ryan said Wednesday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's future at the Department of Justice lies in the hands of President Donald Trump and no one else.
Ryan's stance on the matter goes against the House Freedom Caucus, which wants Trump to dismiss Rosenstein because of the ongoing Russia investigation.
Republicans, "shouldn't get in the way," said Ryan, according to Politico. "I think we shouldn't step in the way of" Thursday's meeting between Trump and Rosenstein.
"We should let the president work it out with Rod Rosenstein," Ryan added. "I hope they have a good productive conversation, and I hope that's helpful."
Rosenstein has been under fire since it was reported last week that he discussed making secret audio tapes of his conversations with Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to have him removed from office last year. Rosenstein denies those conversations took place, but the White House takes the allegations serious enough that it seemed like he was about to either resign or be fired earlier this week.
Rosenstein and Trump will meet at the White House Thursday to discuss the situation.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, have raised the possibility of impeaching Rosenstein over the DOJ's refusal to hand several documents related to the Russia investigation over to congressional investigators.
On Tuesday, Meadows demanded that Rosenstein testify in front of Congress this week to answer questions about the alleged talk of recording Trump.
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