An opening for Trump to fire Rod Rosenstein

04 February, 2018, 02:20 | Author: Diane Mills
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the House Judiciary

He shows a pattern of principled stands, appointing and strongly defending special counsel Robert Mueller and calling on the House Intelligence Committee and the White House not to release an incomplete and inaccurate report on the alleged political bias of the Justice Department in the Russian Federation investigation.

Rosenstein replied: "Of course, we're all on your team, Mr. President", according to sources that spoke with CNN.

Were Trump to fire Rosenstein and set up a slow-motion redux of the 1973 Midnight Massacre, the only question would be if congressional Republicans would stop him.

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, speaks with reporters following a day of questions from the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

"It's been very clear throughout the process in the White House, there are no conversations and no considerations about firing Rod Rosenstein", Gidley told CNN's John Berman.

Top Democrats warned President Trump on Friday that using a GOP-drafted memo as pretext to fire Justice Department officials could spark a constitutional crisis.

"These claims lack merit", Justice Department lawyers said in a 35-page response filed Friday night.

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President Trump is pictured walking away from Marine One after returning to the White House.

Sessions says he'll examine Congress' concerns about the FBI investigation into possible cooperation between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Rosenstein, it would appear, is willing to make certain compromises to please his boss.

On Friday, Trump refused to say whether he was considering firing Rosenstein after the release of a declassified memo alleged the Federal Bureau of Investigation had abused its FISA authority in applying for a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

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

During the White House meeting, Trump also asked about the direction of the investigation, according to sources familiar with the meeting. He wrote the memo severely criticizing then-FBI Director James Comey. But he testified that he never received any "improper orders" from Trump and denied that anyone ever asked him to pledge his loyalty, dating back to his time in the Bush administration.

But a Republican who speaks to the President said it remained far from certain whether he would actually purge Rosenstein, considering Trump "does more venting than firing". "There's no telling what this President is capable of". Susan Collins told CNN.

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