Trump signals that he has no confidence in Deputy AG Rosenstein


President Trump declined to say Friday whether he supports Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has been overseeing Robert Mueller’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 Nunes (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.

{mosads}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 Sessions 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.

Tags Devin Nunes Donald Trump Jeff Sessions Robert Mueller Rod Rosenstein

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