Trump 'venting' about Rosenstein: report

Trump 'venting' about Rosenstein: report

President TrumpDonald TrumpFranklin Graham says Trump comeback would 'be a very tough thing to do' Man suspected in wife's disappearance accused of casting her ballot for Trump Stefanik: Cheney is 'looking backwards' MORE has reportedly been venting about Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinProtect the police or the First Amendment? Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office MORE and has made comments about wanting to remove him, according to a new report from CNN.

Four sources told CNN that the president has in recent weeks maintained his frustration with Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official overseeing the federal Russia probe.

One source told CNN that Trump has outright called for Rosenstein to be removed, making comments like “let’s fire him, let’s get rid of him" before aides dissuade him from such a move.


The report comes one day after a bombshell New York Times report revealed that Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last June before White House counsel Don McGahn refused and threatened to quit, forcing Trump to back down.

Trump on Friday dismissed the report as "fake news" while attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Fake newsFake news. Typical New York Times. Fake stories," Trump told reporters. 

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as the special counsel to lead the Russia probe after Trump fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyThe FBI should turn off the FARA faucet Barr threatened to resign over Trump attempts to fire Wray: report 'Fox News Sunday' to mark 25 years on air MORE in May. Trump has reportedly complained about Rosenstein before, calling him a "threat" to his presidency.

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOne quick asylum fix: How Garland can help domestic violence survivors Biden fills immigration court with Trump hires Trump admin got phone records of WaPo reporters covering Russia probe: report MORE's recusal from the Russia investigation led to Rosenstein becoming the one to directly oversee the special counsel probe. Lawmakers from both parties have warned against any efforts to fire Mueller.

Rosenstein told the House Judiciary Committee in December that he sees no “good cause” to fire Mueller.

When the topic of firing Rosenstein comes up, aides have deterred Trump by telling him that it won’t help his case, CNN reported.

"When this comes up — everyone says, 'That's the death march. That's not going to accomplish anything,' " a source told the network.

The Justice Department declined to comment for CNN's report, while a White House lawyer blasted "false stories."

"We do not find it to be a coincidence that there is an onslaught of false stories circulating in what appears to be a coordinated effort to distract and deflect from new revelations about already reported bias and corruption,” White House special counsel Ty Cobb said in a statement to CNN. “We continue to cooperate with the Special counsel and out of respect for that process will not weigh in further."

The CNN and New York Times reports come as Mueller's team reportedly probes allegations of obstruction of justice involving Trump.