Trump spokesman: No plans to fire Rosenstein

Trump spokesman: No plans to fire Rosenstein
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpCoast Guard chief: 'Unacceptable' that service members must rely on food pantries, donations amid shutdown Dem lawmaker apologizes after saying it's never been legal in US to force people to work for free Grassley to hold drug pricing hearing MORE has no plans to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinBarr’s first task as AG: Look at former FBI leaders’ conduct 5 myths about William Barr William Barr's only 'flaw' is that he was nominated by Trump MORE and remains confident in his ability to do his job, a spokesman for the White House said Friday.

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said on CNN's "Erin Burnett OutFront" that there are no plans to oust Rosenstein or shake up the senior ranks of the Department of Justice (DOJ) following the release of a controversial House GOP memo.

"There has been no change in the president's confidence in the deputy attorney general," Shah said. "We continue to expect him to fulfill his job as attorney general and don't expect any changes."


"I'm saying it on behalf of the White House, and that's that no changes are going to be made at the Department of Justice," he added. "We fully expect Rod Rosenstein to continue on as the deputy attorney general."

Shah's comments came after Trump declined earlier Friday to say whether he would fire Rosenstein after the release of a controversial memo alleging abuses by FBI and DOJ officials. 

Asked by a reporter at the White House whether he planned to oust Rosenstein, Trump bluntly replied: "You figure that one out."

The memo released Friday accuses FBI and DOJ officials of misusing their authority to obtain a secret surveillance warrant on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser. 

According to that memo, Rosenstein signed off on at least one application to renew the surveillance warrant.

Rosenstein, who became the deputy attorney general last April, has been responsible for overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsNadler sends Whitaker questions on possible contacts with Trump over Mueller probe Graham angers Dems by digging into Clinton, Obama controversies Martin, Bobby and the will to change MORE recused himself from the matter.

After Trump fired former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyPavlich: Mueller’s indictment of the media How the Clinton machine flooded the FBI with Trump-Russia dirt … until agents bit Mueller’s report: Release enough, but not too much MORE in May, Rosenstein appointed Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE, another former FBI director, as special counsel to investigate Russia's election meddling and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Trump has called the investigation a partisan "witch hunt" and has vented frustration about Sessions's recusal and Rosenstein's subsequent decision to put Mueller on the case.