Published: Mon, September 24, 2018

Trump points finger at Sessions for Rosenstein controversy

Trump points finger at Sessions for Rosenstein controversy

Top Republicans on Sunday called for the appointment of a new special counsel to examine the apparent deep-seated, anti-Trump animus inside the Justice Department, citing revelations that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein discussed secretly recording the president.

But in Washington, more cautious voices warned of outcry on Capitol Hill if Trump moved to fire the man who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

But the aftershocks of the story are rattling Washington still. Midterm elections are coming up, and it would take time to bring in witnesses who knew exactly what Rosenstein said, he added. "He says he did not do the things alleged", said Sen.

"He was hired by Jeff Sessions", Trump told Geraldo Rivera Sunday on Rivera's new radio show on WTAM.

"But there's a bureaucratic coup against President Trump being discovered here". At a rally in Missouri on Friday night, the president said that "95 percent" of Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation employees support him, but "you've got some real bad ones" still inside. He received mixed messages. If Rosenstein's involved, he should be fired. Others suggested restraint while seeing if the report was incorrect or if it was planted by some adversary.

Trump also received conflicting advice from his other team of counselors: the hosts at Fox News.

Trump announced on January 31, 2017 he would nominate Rosenstein to be deputy attorney general.

"It is all a setup", said Hannity, seeming to directly address Trump. Rosenstein has denied the reports of him discussing the 25th amendment.


The president has described Mr. McCabe, who was later fired, as a liar.

The dynamic reflects the lingering anxiety among White House officials and establishment Republicans over Kavanaugh's prospects in the Senate, where the allegations have thrown a once-certain confirmation into question.

A Justice Department spokesperson later said that the deputy attorney general did in fact mention wearing a wire but that he did so sarcastically and never meant to follow up his words with actions.

"Rod deserves the right to be heard", said Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., on CBS' "Face the Nation".

"I've been pretty clear since my beginning of service here in this administration", he said.

Democrats urged that Rosenstein be spared. Some of Trump's fiercest congressional allies had already floated trying to impeach the deputy attorney general.

Democrats have resisted the call for another special counsel to be appointed and ridiculed claims by Trump and his allies that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is tainted by bias.

"Fox News has learned a key meeting took place on May 16, 2017 at Justice Department headquarters".

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