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Trump reportedly asked Rosenstein if he was 'on my team'

04 February 2018

Rosenstein is also given a copy of a letter Trump and his top aide Stephen Miller drafted the previous weekend which, according to the Times' January report, alleges that the Russian Federation investigation was "fabricated and politically motivated".

President Donald Trump declined to say if he had confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who overseas the Mueller probe. They say it mischaracterizes the motivations behind a 2016 surveillance warrant on Trump campaign official Carter Page.

Rosenstein reportedly visited the White House in December to ask the president for help in keeping House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes from demanding a series of documents as he was the top DOJ official in the Russian Federation investigation.

Among other things, it has become clear that Rod Rosenstein must resign.

Trump can't fire Mueller without Rosenstein's go-ahead.

But as CNN has previously reported, the President has vented about wanting to fire Rosenstein.

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For example, it certainly makes sense that Rosenstein would have been upset by the president citing his memo on Comey's behavior in the Hillary Clinton email investigation as the reason he fired the former director. Trump has made no secret his disdain for the "Russia hoax", and he has reportedly questioned Rosenstein's loyalty to him.

However, Rosenstein stated that "I don't have any opinion about that". As the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller gets closer to Trump and his top aides, Sessions is under increasing pressure to protect Trump and his inner circle from the investigation.

He's been told by advisers dismissing Rosenstein would be fraught with peril.

Sanders didn't offer clarity on Rosenstein's future, but said Trump has "great respect" for law enforcement officials and members of the U.S. intelligence community.

To better understand what's going on, you need to understand the people involved.

Schiff added that if that were to occur, he would "look at it as just as much of an obstruction of justice".

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Trump's Justice Department said that releasing the memo would be "extraordinarily reckless". It doesn't even mention Rosenstein. And it accuses Justice Department officials of bias against Trump. Brand, the associate attorney general, is also a Republican from the Bush era.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions praised his second-in-command, Rod Rosenstein, hours before on Friday.

Burnett then moved on to asking him about the memo and the way President Trump was hyping it up.

Trump on Saturday tweeted he felt vindicated by the findings in the memo. His views have been validated by a chorus of conservative voices, including those on Fox News, which he watches regularly.

"This memo totally vindicates "Trump" in probe". Along with FBI Director Christopher Wray, he made a last-ditch plea this week to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly about the dangers of releasing the document.

Both of these "criminals" must be dealt with and legally removed from office before it is too late.

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Trump reportedly asked Rosenstein if he was 'on my team'