1. Wide of GOP leaders walking into press availability
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Paul Ryan , Speaker of the House:
" First the president obviously should have political appointees that he has faith and confidence in. He's meeting with the president tomorrow. So I think we shouldn't step in in the way of that we should let the president work it out with Rod Rosenstein. I hope they have a good productive conversation. And I think that's that's helpful. I'll say it. I've said this all along. The special prosecutor - the special counsel excuse me should be free to complete his work. That goes without saying and it should be free to complete its work without any political interference. I don't think he will be fired. I don't think the president's going to fire him. I don't think the president should fire him. Mueller, I'm talking about. Yeah yeah. Sorry not Rosenstein, Mueller.
3. Wide of Rep. Paul Ryan and GOP leaders zoom
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House:
"Well I think that's that's what the hearing is about. First of all I think that Chuck Grassley has handled this professional way. I think it's important that both are heard the accuser and Judge Kavanaugh. I would say that the professional way that this had been treated by the Senate Judiciary Committee stands in stark contrast to the way the Senate Democrats have handled this, sitting on this for weeks. Dropping it after the hearings to try and implode this nomination. So I think it's fitting and proper that they hear from both sides this week and then I'll defer to the Senate on how and when to act. (Reporter: Do you think there should be a reopening-- Inaudible) No, I think they should do exactly what they're doing I think they're doing a good job."
5. Wide of Rep. Paul Ryan and GOP leaders zoom
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House:
" Look I will defer to the Judiciary Committee. I don't micromanage the committees around here. I'll defer to the Judiciary Committee as to what kind of hearings they want to have what kind of witnesses they want to have. But I would say this if you're going to stack the credibility of Rod Rosenstein against Andy McCabe who was fired for lying. I'll go with Rod Rosenstein. I'll leave it at that."
7. Wide of GOP leaders walking out of press availability
As Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein prepares for a face-to-face showdown Thursday with President Donald Trump, there are indications he won't be fired, but a voluntary resignation isn't out of the question.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, speaking to reporters during a media availability with other GOP leaders, said "we should let the president work it out with Rod Rosenstein."
Ryan said in the news conference that special counsel Robert Mueller should be free to complete his work and that he did not believe that he would be fired.
"I don't think he will be fired. I don't think the president's going to fire him. I don't like the president should fire him. Mueller, I'm talking about," said Ryan.
Rosenstein is Mueller's boss. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the Russia probe, to Trump's great frustration, and left the duties of overseeing the investigation to Rosenstein.
After Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel to take over the investigation.
Rosenstein is acting in Sessions' place to oversee the probe and has the power to fire Mueller - for cause - under Justice Department guidelines.
Rosenstein makes nearly all the pivotal decisions in the Mueller investigation, including signing off on indictments.
Drama swirls around the job security of Rod Rosenstein who was reported last week to have floated the idea of secretly recording the president last year and to have raised the idea of using the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.
He will meet with Trump at the White House, also on Thursday.
Speaker Ryan also voiced support of the Senate Judiciary Committee's handling of the confirmation process of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.