Is the president considering firing Robert Mueller or Rod Rosenstein? White House @PressSec Sarah Sanders: “I’m not aware of any plans to make those movements… but we do have some real concerns with some of the activities and some of the scope that the investigation has gone.” pic.twitter.com/DYsLxtlXwm— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) April 15, 2018
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Sunday that she is not aware of any plans to fire or remove Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE or special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE.
"I’m not aware of any plans to make those movements … but we do have some real concerns with some of the activities and some of the scope that the investigation has gone," Sanders said in response to a question from George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week."
Sanders said she has concerns about the scope of the ongoing investigation and dodged questions about whether the president was more concerned about the recent issues with his personal lawyer Michael Cohen than the Mueller investigation.
Sanders also didn’t answer Stephanopoulos’s question about whether Trump had concerns about Cohen turning state’s evidence.
The FBI recently raided Cohen’s home, hotel room and office, with the approval of Rosenstein.
President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE has reportedly tried to fire Mueller in the past and, in recent days, has been considering firing Rosenstein, according to news outlets.
The New York Times reported on Friday that Trump's advisers are more worried about the investigation into Cohen than Mueller's probe.
Cohen is Trump's longtime personal lawyer and fixer, and has long been seen as a key player in solving problems for Trump. He's been in the spotlight for the last month because of the payment he made to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, which was reportedly made to keep her quiet about an alleged affair with Trump.
The raid of Cohen's office, hotel room and residence has been described as sweeping, with FBI agents reportedly seizing Cohen's cellphones, laptop and safe deposit box, according to the Times.
Trump called Cohen on Friday to "check in," according to the Times. Sanders did not offer a comment when asked a question about that call.