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Trump: I have a 'fantastic' relationship with Rosenstein

Trump: I have a 'fantastic' relationship with Rosenstein
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President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE told The Wall Street Journal he has a “fantastic” relationship with 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.

The comment marks a stark shift in the relationship between the two men. The president has personally attacked Rosenstein, who began overseeing the special counsel investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia after 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 recused himself.

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“Much of the bad blood with Russia is caused by the Fake & Corrupt Russia Investigation, headed up by the all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for Obama. Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter). No Collusion, so they go crazy!” Trump tweeted in April.

There were even multiple reports that the president considered firing Rosenstein that same month, possibly as a lead-up to firing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE.

According to the Journal, that dynamic has changed, and Rosenstein visits the White House as often as three times per week. Trump reportedly seeks out Rosenstein's advice on hot-button issues such as immigration.

In a statement provided to the Journal, the Department of Justice said Rosenstein and Trump have a “productive working relationship.”

Rosenstein’s improved standing with the president comes amid growing tension between Trump and Sessions, Rosenstein's superior at the Justice Department.

“The Russian Witch Hunt Hoax continues, all because Jeff Sessions didn’t tell me he was going to recuse himself...I would have quickly picked someone else. So much time and money wasted, so many lives ruined...and Sessions knew better than most that there was No Collusion!” Trump tweeted in June.

The president has proven to be easily irritated by the Mueller probe. He has lashed out at the special counsel’s focus on Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpBook claims Trump family members were 'inappropriately' close with Secret Service agents Trump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run MORE over a meeting with a Russian lawyer, as well as at a current court case against his former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortThere was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder Treasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence Hunter Biden blasts Trump in new book: 'A vile man with a vile mission' MORE.