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Trump says won't fire embattled Russia probe official

AFP  |  Washington 

said Monday he does not plan to fire the deputy in charge of an explosive probe into alleged collusion between the and the Kremlin.

Rosenstein had appeared close to being fired following US -- which he denied -- that he discussed secretly recording Trump and using the 25th constitutional amendment for removing presidents found to be unfit for office.

"No I don't, no," Trump told journalists at the when asked whether he plans to sack

The pair spoke at length during a flight Monday to Florida, according to the

"The and Deputy met for about 45 minutes aboard Air Force One," said.

"They discussed various topics," including border controls, violent crime in and "general" Justice Department business, the added.

Trump also indicated that he was ready to keep working with Rosenstein, saying "I actually have a good relationship." The used the occasion to again insist that "there's been no collusion, folks, no collusion" with

The Republican is infuriated by what he calls Robert Mueller's "witch hunt" into whether conspired with his campaign in the shock 2016 election win.

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.

So Rosenstein's departure -- possibly putting someone more pliable in his place -- would set off alarm bells over the future independence of a probe that could rock the entire presidency.

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 01:00 IST