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Trump Asked Rod Rosenstein If He Was 'On My Team'

06 Февраля 2018

Indeed, a conservative movement leader told Axios's Jonathan Swan that Rosenstein is "becoming a conversation at every conservative gathering".

The question came right before Rosenstein was set to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee.

Trump approved the release of the memo this week and said a lot of people should feel "ashamed".

His remarks preceded the release of the memo alleging in part that Rosenstein improperly extended surveillance of the Trump campaign adviser Carter Page during the 2016 election.

Senior US Senate and House Democrats said in a letter to Trump that if he uses the Republican memo to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or stop the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, it will be viewed as obstruction of justice.

"Firing Rod Rosenstein, DOJ Leadership, or Bob Mueller could result in a constitutional crisis of the kind not seen since the Saturday Night Massacre", the Democratic leaders wrote, referring to President Richard M. Nixon's decision during the Watergate scandal to fire special prosecutor Archibald Cox, an order that led to the resignations of Attorney General Elliot Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus. 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.

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As CNN has previously reported, the President has vented recently about wanting to fire Rosenstein. The theory goes that Trump could then install a crony in Rosenstein's place, who could fire Mueller or quash in the Trump-Russia investigation.

"I personally like Rod Rosenstein, but the bottom line is Mr. Rosenstein, Attorney General Sessions and [FBI Director Chris A.] Wray have work to do", Nunes said.

When asked by a reporter on Friday if he was considering firing Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian collusion investigation, Trump replied, "You figure that one out".

In the first months of his presidency, Trump asked Comey for loyalty, according to Comey's testimony on Capitol Hill and his account to other Federal Bureau of Investigation officials.

"We understand what the Constitution says we must do, and that is hold everyone in the United States, including the President of the United States, accountable if they've violated the law", the top Democrat added. It is not clear what Trump meant or how Rosenstein interpreted the comment.

But in reality, Trump has long pushed for the memo to be made public.

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Trump Asked Rod Rosenstein If He Was 'On My Team'