Rod Rosenstein reportedly told Trump he's not Mueller's target

Kelvin Reese
April 21, 2018

Rosenstein, however, might be "about to be spit-roasted" by President Trump, the source said.

Mr. Rosenstein, who brought up the Mueller probe himself, offered the assurance during a meeting with President Trump at the White House last Thursday, a development that helped dampen the President's desire to remove Messrs Rosenstein and Mueller.

We all know what happened when Comey resisted.

'We want to get the investigation over with, done with, put it behind us.

Manafort's defense attorney, Kevin Downing, argued that Rosenstein's authorization for a special counsel to investigate collusion in the 2016 election is at odds with what the DOJ permits and that it exceeds his authority. "We won't allow it", the group says on its Web page.

Now with longtime Trump friend and surrogate Rudy Giuliani's joining the Trump legal team, he will be part of all negotiations with Mueller's office going forward.

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It suggests Trump is anxious about what firing Rosenstein or Mueller would do as far as prolonging the investigation - not so much what it would mean for him personally.

Lest one imagines an elaborate conspiracy to fabricate detailed conversations, the memos confirm what Trump has long denied: that he pressured Comey to drop the investigation into then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation, and that he repeatedly demanded Comey's personal loyalty. Following the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid of his attorney Michael Cohen's office, home and hotel room-reportedly based on a referral by Mueller-Trump told reporters: "I think it's a disgrace what's going on". Rosenstein examined the evidence and determined that it warranted further scrutiny, so he assigned it to the U.S. Attorney in NY. That referral was approved by Rosenstein, according to a person familiar with the matter.

And it would be one of Trump's most direct (known) comments to date when it comes to whether he's meddling in the Russian Federation investigation for his own purposes.

"As far as the investigation, nobody has ever been more transparent", he said during a news conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

And if nothing else, the newly reported Bloomberg comments reinforce this central fact: A president who has been pretty careless with his public comments in re: potential obstruction of justice is probably even less careful behind closed doors.

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