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Trump signals that he has no confidence in Deputy AG Rosenstein

Trump signals that he has no confidence in Deputy AG Rosenstein
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE declined to say Friday whether he supports Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House MORE, who has been overseeing Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE’s special counsel investigation. 

Trump’s remarks came just minutes after he authorized the release of a controversial memo written by the staff of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesSunday shows preview: Coronavirus cases surge in the Midwest; Trump hits campaign trail after COVID-19 Democrat Arballo gains on Nunes: internal poll Sunday shows preview: Trump COVID-19 diagnosis rocks Washington, 2020 election MORE (R-Calif.).

“You figure that one out,” Trump told reporters, when asked if he has confidence in Rosenstein.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller to the special counsel position and has been overseeing the investigation, meaning that Trump would likely have to fire him if he chose to fire Mueller.

The four-page memo, which alleges surveillance abuses at the Department of Justice and political bias at the FBI, has become a partisan flashpoint in the Russia investigation.

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The Justice Department and FBI have warned the White House and Congress against releasing the memo, saying it is based on flawed or partial intelligence and could expose sensitive sources and methods. 

But Republicans have been sounding the alarm over what they say is deep political bias and questionable intelligence used to launch the investigation into whether Trump campaign officials had improper contacts with Russia. Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee blocked the release of a Democratic memo created in response to the Republican memo.

Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill are furious with Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsHarris walks fine line on Barrett as election nears The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House The Memo: Team Trump looks to Pence to steady ship in VP debate MORE for recusing himself, believing it paved the way for Mueller’s appointment by Rosenstein.

They believe Rosenstein is allowing the investigation to run too far afield from its original charter and have grouped him in with a handful of senior law enforcement officials accused of harboring anti-Trump bias.