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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 John TrumpGeraldo Rivera on Trump sowing election result doubts: 'Enough is enough now' Murkowski: Trump should concede White House race Scott Atlas resigns as coronavirus adviser to Trump MORE told The Wall Street Journal he has a “fantastic” relationship with 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.

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 SessionsTime to bring federal employees home for every holiday Alabama zeroes in on Richard Shelby's future Tuberville incorrectly says Gore was president-elect in 2000 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) 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.

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 John TrumpTrump Jr. aides launch super PAC to persuade president's supporters to vote in Georgia Most Republicans in new poll say they'd vote for Trump in 2024 President says Trump Jr. doing 'very well' after COVID-19 diagnosis MORE over a meeting with a Russian lawyer, as well as at a current court case against his former campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortFlynn spurs questions of who Trump might pardon next On The Money: Initial jobless claims rise for 2nd week | Dow dips below 30K | Mnuchin draws fire for COVID-19 relief move | Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges Manhattan DA appeals dismissal of Manafort charges to NY high court MORE.