Trump asked deputy attorney general if he was part of his team

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Trump has expressed suspicion of Rosenstein before. "If the president uses this fake, frightful release of distorted intelligence as an excuse to fire [deputy attorney general Rod] Rosenstein or [special counsel Robert] Mueller, it could lead to a constitutional crisis".

The attorneys acknowledged that there is a question whether a sitting president can be indicted, but that Mueller's team is willing to let the courts settle that issue while Congress wrestles with what to do with the embattled president. Or when the president seemed much more concerned about what Rosenstein would say before the committee than in the deputy attorney general's plea for help to protect the Justice Department? And he responded awkwardly to the President's "team" request, the sources said. However, he positively replied by saying that "of course, we're all on your team, Mr. President". "Witch Hunt", Trump tweeted in June, in an apparent reference to Rosenstein.

The ad's narrator describes Rosenstein as "a weak careerist at the Justice Department, protecting liberal Obama holdovers and the Deep State, instead of following the rule of law".

"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.

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




Mueller continues to probe Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. "Its goal is, of course, to thwart the Mueller investigation", Pelosi said Friday.

Nadler, who said he is one of the few who has seen the full surveillance warrant that the Nunes memo focuses on, denounced Republicans and called the memo "shoddy work". "The one question people should ask is why were Democrats so concerned about this coming out?" said Republican strategist Dave Carney.

Rosenstein's December 13 appearance before the committee included strong backing for Mueller. "As long as you are following your oath of office, you can also be faithful to the administration", Comey later explained.

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. Nadler says the memo focuses on events that happened before Rosenstein took office. Comey did not pledge loyalty, and after a few additional tense interactions with Trump, he was sacked in May 2017. McCabe announced his resignation as deputy director from the Federal Bureau of Investigation this week. "There's no telling what this President is capable of". Trump has publicly denied that he asked McCabe who he voted for.

Manafort alleged that Mueller exceeded his authority and that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - facing possible ouster by a fuming Trump in the wake of the memo's release - granted the special counsel "carte blanche to investigate and pursue criminal charges in connection with anything he stumbles across".

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