White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah said there will be "no changes" at the Justice Department when asked about the potential firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during an appearance on CNN on February 2, 2018.
[T] he President had other priorities ahead of a key appearance by Rosenstein on the Hill, according to sources familiar with the meeting.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, one of the top-ranking Republicans in the Senate, told reporters on Friday that, essentially, he would look the other way if Trump fired Rosenstein because he became too "controversial", according to CNN reporter Shimon Prokupecz. Trump has made no secret his disdain for the "Russia hoax", and he has reportedly questioned Rosenstein's loyalty to him.
The meeting took place just days before Rosenstein was scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee.
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She also runs the website My Stealthy Freedom where women in Iran post photos of themselves in public without hijab. She is said to have been released after the social media campaign '#Where_is_She?' heaped pressure on authorities.
"These claims lack merit", Justice Department lawyers said in a 35-page response filed Friday night. It should use that credibility in an effort to deter further stunts and to call out Nunes for collaborating with the White House in a smear campaign.
Rosenstein hired Robert Mueller to lead the Russian Federation investigation as the special counsel in May, after Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.
By contrast, 73 percent of Clinton voters approve of the Russian Federation investigation, but more than half disapprove of the FBI's investigation into Clinton's emails - and the vast majority say the FBI did more to harm Clinton than Trump during the presidential election. It does not appear those questions were asked of Rosenstein at the hearing. What if the administration to which you are faithful is corrupting the Constitution that you have sworn an oath to protect?
Sanders didn't offer clarity on Rosenstein's future, but said Trump has "great respect" for law enforcement officials and members of the USA intelligence community.
Also past year, Nunes temporarily stepped aside from the investigation after he held a press conference to announce that the intelligence community had "incidentally collected" communications on the Trump transition team. For now, it remains unclear whether he's willing to take such an extraordinary step, particularly given the consequences he faced after dismissing former FBI Director James Comey. "There's no telling what this President is capable of".
"He is especially grateful to the hardworking rank-and-file public servants who work every day to keep America safe and uphold our laws while protecting the constitutional rights of all Americans", Sanders wrote. Susan Collins told CNN.