Schiff 'very concerned' Trump might fire Rosenstein

Feb 04, 2018, 02:22
Schiff 'very concerned' Trump might fire Rosenstein

At a Justice Department event, Sessions said Rosenstein and Rosenstein's deputy, Rachel Brand, represent "the kind of quality and leadership that we want in the department".

White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said there will be "no changes" at the Justice Department when asked about the potential firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during an appearance on CNN on February 2, 2018.

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.

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee send a letter to Sessions the next day noting, "Of course, most of the alleged leaks in question are related to ongoing investigations about contact between President Trump's advisors and Putin's Russian Federation", and asking the department for the parameters of his recusal. And it accuses Justice Department officials of bias against Trump.

In recent weeks, House Republicans have advocated loudly for the release of a memo from Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) that alleges wrongdoing by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Many observers believed Trump might use the declassified memo as justification to fire his deputy attorney general - who also happens to be Mueller's boss.

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.

According to fired FBI Director James Comey's congressional testimony and previous reports citing White House staffers, President Trump demands loyalty from those who work for him.

The Tea Party Patriots, a conservative activist group, put out an ad Friday that bluntly states: "It's time for Rod Rosenstein to do his job, or resign".

Shorter: Trump makes a mockery of any review process. It isn't even a release of intelligence material. Nunes, the memo's author, told "Special Report" host Bret Baier on Fox News.

"Sources familiar with the meeting..." We're talking Nunes and Trump, after all.

The Nunes memo, which has been the subject of intense debate for weeks, alleges that the Department of Justice abused its surveillance authority to monitor Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide. Whatever the case, it's clear that Republican Sen.

There was no decision by the President at the meeting, the sources told CNN. The memo details that without the dossier, funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign, the warrants under the powers of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act would not have been granted.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr practically sneered at Nunes.

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