Trump Asked Mueller's Boss If He Was 'On My Team'

Violet Powell
February 4, 2018

Ahead of his testimony in front of the House Judiciary Committee, President Trump wanted to make sure he knew what team Rod Rosenstein was backing, CNN states in an exclusive report. It was a ludicrous excuse for an action that the president later admitted was all about his opposition to the Russian Federation investigation.

But if Trump wants to use this memo to fire Rosenstein, he'd have a lot more explaining to do.

Sessions says he has faith in department employees but that "no department is ideal". The exchange could raise further questions about whether Trump was seeking to interfere in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into potential collusion by the Trump campaign with Russian Federation and obstruction of justice by the White House. Boente, a former deputy attorney general at DOJ, was named as the FBI's general counsel by Wray last month.

Rosenstein was first appointed a USA attorney in 2005 by President George W. Bush, and now oversees Mueller's work because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

But Mr. Warner said the underlying source materials don't back up Mr. Nunes' conclusions.

Also past year, Nunes temporarily stepped aside from the investigation after he held a press conference to announce that the intelligence community had "incidentally collected" communications on the Trump transition team. And it accuses Justice Department officials of bias against Trump. The White House said he conducted a thorough national security and legal review before clearing the way for the memo's public disclosure. It was Rosenstein who "cleverly" persuaded inert and cowardly Attorney General Jeff Sessions to name Mueller as special counsel, and it is Rosenstein who is allowing Mueller and his corrupt staff to run rampant over the constitutional rights of President Trump, his family and associates and our rights.

Trump, when asked Friday if he was thinking about firing Rosenstein, cryptically told reporters: "You figure that one out".

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

Rosenstein seemed surprised by the questions, the source confirmed.

Rosenstein's December 13 appearance before the committee included strong backing for Mueller. Rosenstein had to have been aware that, in the current context, questions of loyalty are sinister and likely to soon become Exhibit H in the obstruction of justice case against the president. "As long as you are following your oath of office", Rosenstein said, "you can also be faithful to the administration".

President Trump offered a cryptic response when asked about Rosenstein's fate on Friday. He previously noted that Rosenstein is from Baltimore, Md., - a heavily Democratic city - so as to imply that he has liberal sympathies.

On Friday, Trump declassified a memo, written by Republicans, which accuses the Federal Bureau of Investigation of abusing its powers, adding that it revealed a disgraceful story. Comey did not pledge loyalty, and after a few additional tense interactions with Trump, he was sacked in May 2017. He wrote the memo severely criticizing then-FBI Director James Comey.

"If I were a betting man, I'd bet against the president", one of the lawyers told the news outlet. Trump has publicly denied that he asked McCabe who he voted for.

"I'm saying it on behalf of the White House, and that's that no changes are going to be made at the Department of Justice", he noted.

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