The article - presented under the fancy THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION banner - goes on to suggest that this is anonymously sourced remark (when have anonymous sources ever let CNN down?) reportedly made in private is tantamount to obstruction of justice... or something. Is there, for example, other incriminating evidence about Page that justified the warrant? When asked if he was considering firing Rosenstein, Trump refused to say either way.
President Trump offered a cryptic response when asked about Rosenstein's fate on Friday. The memo doesn't directly make the connection, but it leaves open the possibility that Rosenstein might have known of Steele's bias.
After Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsUS to prioritize new asylum applications over past filings California considers state-run bank for pot businesses Trump doesn't recognize foreign-born black and brown people as American MORE recused himself from the probe into Russian election meddling, Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE to lead the investigation.
"You figure that one out", Trump replied during a press availability at the White House.
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Former FBI Director James Comey scorned the memo in a tweet that began, "That's it?"
A source familiar with the matter confirms that during a meeting with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in December, President Donald Trump asked Rosenstein about the direction of the FBI's Russian Federation investigation and asked Rosenstein whether the deputy attorney general was part of Trump's team. But he has also seemingly made compromises to curry favor: the Comey memo, where he seemed to do the political bidding of attorney general Jeff Sessions on behalf of a president desperate to justify the firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
"The reason it might be better to fire the boss is Rod Rosenstein sets the investigation", the California Democrat said. Yet a coordinated effort to oust Rosenstein is a chilling potential outcome because of what it might mean not just for the Trump-Russia investigation, but for the independence of the Justice Department.
Burnett then moved on to asking him about the memo and the way President Trump was hyping it up. And, she singled out House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Munes, R-Calif., for green-lighting the information's release, calling him a "stooge for the president". "As long as you are following your oath of office", Rosenstein said, "you can also be faithful to the administration".