Trump Won't Say Whether He'll Fire Special Counsel Mueller

Trump Won't Say Whether He'll Fire Special Counsel Mueller

Trump Won't Say Whether He'll Fire Special Counsel Mueller

"We believe the defendants defamed my client, and vindicating Mr. Cohen's rights was - and still remains - important", he said in a statement.

President Trump, who has all of the leverage, still hasn't ruled out removing Messers Rosenstein and Mueller at some point, signaled his shift in approach to them Wednesday, responding to a reporter's question about their fate by saying they are "still here".

Mueller is probing Russian meddling in the election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Moscow.

Trump has become increasingly irked with Mueller and Rosenstein in recent weeks, particularly after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Cohen's office, home and hotel last week, calling the seizure of Cohen's records an "attack on our country".

In another development, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told Trump last week that he isn't a target of any part of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, Bloomberg News reported Thursday.

So, Rosenstein's assurance that President Trump isn't a target of the Mueller probe or the Cohen investigation is significant, especially considering Rosenstein is the one overseeing the Mueller investigation.

Court papers filed after the raid revealed that the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of NY has been investigating Cohen for months, following a referral from Mueller.

The President is asking multiple people for advice on Cohen, the officials said, including Ivanka Trump, who is close to Cohen.

"Rosenstein's message may have been based on a technicality".

According to Bloomberg, which first reported on Dreeben's remarks, federal prosecutors defended Mueller's right to investigate Manafort's pre-campaign ties to Russian Federation as part of the investigation in an April 2 filing.

The President's allies spent weeks bracing for the release of Comey's memoir, "A Higher Loyalty", with some worrying whether Trump's reaction would negatively influence the Russian Federation investigation.

"We want to put the investigation behind us".

As for Comey, the American public will have the final say on how Comey's book influences opinions on Trump.

Speaking during an interview for the Sunday C-SPAN program "Newsmakers", Lankford told Roll Call and The Washington Post that he would not be agreeing with Republican members of the House talking up efforts to remove senior Justice Department officials.

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