White House official says there's been no discussions about firing Rod Rosenstein


"I'm saying it on behalf of the White House, and that's that no changes are going to be made at the Department of Justice", Shah said.

And when the president asked if the deputy AG was on his team, sources told CNN Rosenstein was surprised by the president's questions but said, "Of course, we're all on your team, Mr. President".

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.

White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah clarified today that President Trump still has confidence in Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, following the coy remarks from the President.

The extended surveillance reportedly meant the Justice Department believed Page, who went to Russia during the 2016 campaign, may have been a Russian agent.

The memo released by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee notes Rosenstein signed at least one application for a warrant targeting Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

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Nadler's six-page rebuttal is the most detailed given by Democrats since the Nunes memo was released Friday after being declassified by President Trump. Trump has fumed about the ongoing probe, declaring it a "witch hunt" concocted by Democrats to damage him politically. They also pointed to the bipartisan success of their own committee in investigating Russian interference during the 2016 election. Trump is looking for a reason, any reason, to fire Rosenstein.

But the Tea Party Patriots, a conservative group, have already released ads, according to the website Axios, demanding that Rosenstein either "do his job or resign".

White House aides declined to comment Friday on Rosenstein's standing. "If the president uses this fake, disgusting 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".

But if the president wants to fire Rosenstein, it's not really clear how this memo would help him do it, legal experts say.

Christopher Wray, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director appointed by Trump, said in a statement this week: "We have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo's accuracy".

Sessions says he will "forward to appropriate DOJ components all information I receive from Congress regarding this". And there's no sense that Rachel Brand, the current No. 3 at the Justice Department, would be viewed any more favorably by Trump. It should use that credibility in an effort to deter further stunts and to call out Nunes for collaborating with the White House in a smear campaign.