Trump signals that he has no confidence in deputy AG Rosenstein

Source: The Hill | February 2, 2018 | Jonathan Easley

President Trump declined to say Friday whether he supports Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has been overseeing Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation.

Trump’s remarks came just minutes after he authorized the release of a controversial memo authored by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.).

“You figure that one out,” Trump told reporters, when asked if he has confidence in Rosenstein.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller to the special counsel position and has been overseeing the investigation, meaning that Trump would likely have to fire him if he chose to fire Mueller.

The four-page memo, which is believed to allege surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice and political bias at the FBI, has become a partisan flashpoint in the Russia investigation.


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