Senate Democrats warn Trump against firing special investigator

Posted February 04, 2018

Rosenstein's involvement has led to questions about whether Trump could fire Rosenstein, especially after a report in The New York Times saying the president had considered the move.

Rosenstein in May 2017 appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation investigation and he has since been the target of some of President Donald Trump's harshest public criticism.

They warned Trump against trying to sack special counsel Robert Mueller or the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, adding that such action could result in a constitutional crisis not seen since the Watergate scandal.

"This weekend, as Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee prepared to use their majority to try to declassify a four-page memo purporting to show Federal Bureau of Investigation abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, Republicans on the Senate committee used television appearances to echo warnings from the Department of Justice about the risks of releasing the memo".

"You figure that one out", Trump replied. Nor is he in agreement with Comer, who thinks that Trump, as president, has the authority to kneecap the Russian Federation investigation if he so chooses. President Donald Trump declassified the memo earlier Friday. They say it mischaracterizes the motivations behind a 2016 surveillance warrant on Trump campaign official Carter Page.

Trump offered a cryptic response when asked about Rosenstein's fate on Friday.

U.S. Representative Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) said a potential Rosenstein departure "raises more flags than it dismisses", while Representative David Joyce (R-Ohio) suggested both Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Rosenstein should continue their investigations unabated.

Sessions says he will "forward to appropriate DOJ components all information I receive from Congress regarding this".

As other Florida lawmakers issued statements about the Nunes memo, Rep. Ron DeSantis got a big platform on Fox News and said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will have to "explain his role".

President Trump is pictured walking away from Marine One after returning to the White House. Boente, a former deputy attorney general at DOJ, was named as the FBI's general counsel by Wray last month. Trump wants Mueller fired, but Rosenstein is standing in the way.

In his recent testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, Rosenstein may have given insight into how he justifies his ethical balancing act.

"This memo totally vindicates "Trump" in probe".

"The President understands that the protection of our national security represents his highest obligation", White House counsel Don McGahn wrote in the letter, which was dated Friday.