After the Times report published, Rosenstein told White House chief of staff John Kelly he would resign, anticipating the article would enrage Trump and he would be fired.
U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he has no plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, delivering a reprieve for the Justice Department official whose future has been the source of intense speculation for two weeks.
That means Rosenstein is still overseeing the Justice Department's Russian Federation election meddling probe that has so riled Trump. "I've gotten to know him and I get along very well with him", the president said.
"The crime spree is a bad blight on that city, and we'll do everything possible to get it done", Trump said.
"So, while resources are always welcome, the idea of what President Trump is talking about is not only not welcome - it's antithetical to what we're working on, and that is about a strong, pro-active, professional police department".
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.
A planned meeting between Rosenstein and Trump was canceled and no new date was set.
Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller, has so far been steadfast in trying to protect the investigation as it digs ever deeper into Trump´s inner circle.
Should Democrats take the House in November's midterm elections, such talk from a senior Democratic leader could spawn impeachment proceedings. Rosenstein said he never pursued recording the President and denied any suggestion he advocated for Trump's removal.
House Judiciary Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte says he plans to subpoena the Justice Department for memos Andrew McCabe wrote during his tenure as acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
Trump allies have urged the president not to fire Rosenstein, saying it would create more problems than it solves, according to USA Today. Other academics who have studied the issue suggest street stops have a more modest impact on crime overall. "I can tell you that if he does not, there are a number of us that are standing by really with impeachment documents that say we cannot have this kind of activity continue at DOJ".