Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Rod Rosenstein tells Trump he's not target of Michael Cohen investigation

Rod Rosenstein tells Trump he's not target of Michael Cohen investigation

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told President Trump last week that he is not a target in the Michael Cohen investigation, a source told Fox News. A source told the Post that Sessions said he was relieved to hear that the meeting was "largely cordial".

That apparently took the pressure off, one week after Rosenstein made it known he was at "peace" with being fired, should Trump decide.

At the same time, House Republicans were threatening Rosenstein with contempt of Congress and potential impeachment for withholding Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation documents that were requested in August.

Separately, President Trump's in-house counsel Ty Cobb said no firings are now under consideration, including those of Rosenstein or Mueller. Since then, alumni of the Justice Department have rallied to Rosenstein's defense. The group MoveOn.org has sought to organize nationwide protests if such an event were to occur. United States, before the Supreme Court on Monday. "Many people have said, 'You should fire [Mueller]'". Russian Federation has denied meddling in the election and Trump has said there was no collusion. That referral was approved by Rosenstein, according to a person familiar with the matter. Meanwhile, Trump's allies in Congress and the right-leaning media sphere also heightened their calls for Rosenstein's and Mueller's firing. The two men, along with Solicitor General Noel Francisco, were spotted in February dining together at a restaurant near the Justice Department, generating some speculation that they were attempting a display of solidarity.

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That U.S. Attorney's office, after carefully examining the evidence, took it to a judge and requested a search warrant. Trump has publicly criticized Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign and possible obstruction of justice.

"They've been saying I'm going to get rid of them for the last three months, four months, five months", Trump said while in Florida. One of President Bill Clinton's deputy attorneys general, Philip Heymann, lasted 10 months. When Rosenstein handed them over, they did something else entirely. But not, apparently, under the authority of Rod Rosenstein.

The lawyers Trump is most anxious about are working for Robert Mueller in the special counsel's investigation.

Axios cited "a source close to Trump", noting that the White House is "in a defensive posture" on the issue.

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"I do think a case is being built against him [Rosenstein]".

At the same time, Rosenstein's message may have been based on a technicality.

But Russia continues to consume his days. Some suggested police were trying to clamp down on protesters or that the Pittsburgh mayor was "scaring his constituents" into thinking Trump will fire Mueller.

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