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

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

Sources familiar with a December meeting between Trump and Rosenstein told CNN that Trump wanted to know if Rosenstein was "on my team". It was a ludicrous excuse for an action that the president later admitted was all about his opposition to the Russian Federation investigation. But on the whole, Trump knows full well that the Republican Congress's own voter base still doesn't want him impeached and is more likely to punish them for being too hard on Trump than too lenient. Perhaps Special Counsel Robert Mueller will include such an action in his bill of particulars against Trump.

Rosenstein seems to be on a thin ethical tightrope without a net.

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions had glowing words for his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, hours before the Devin Nunes memo was released on Friday. According to the media reports, Rosenstein appeared surprised by Trump's questions, saying, "Of course, we're all on your team, Mr. President". Sessions and Rosenstein met with Trump at the White House the day before Comey was sacked, and the president asked them to put in writing a rationale for the dismissal. 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.

A few days after the encounter between Trump and Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general testified before a House committee that he saw no good reason to fire Mueller.

"You figure that one out", Trump said with a scowl when asked by reporters in the Oval Office if he was considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

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"The top Leadership and Investigators of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans - something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago", Trump tweeted Friday. CNN has reported that Trump has been venting to his aides about Rosenstein in recent weeks and even raised the possibility of his removal.

Burnett then moved on to asking him about the memo and the way President Trump was hyping it up. "The one question people should ask is why were Democrats so concerned about this coming out?" said Republican strategist Dave Carney.

Instead, Trump grilled Rosenstein on the Russian Federation investigation and eventually asked for assurance that the law enforcement official was "on my team", the network said.

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". Comey did not pledge loyalty, and after a few additional tense interactions with Trump, he was sacked in May 2017.

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