Democrats say GOP memo aims to protect Trump, smear Federal Bureau of Investigation

  • Democrats say GOP memo aims to protect Trump, smear Federal Bureau of Investigation

Democrats say GOP memo aims to protect Trump, smear Federal Bureau of Investigation

Pressure is mounting on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who's overseeing the Robert Mueller-led Russian Federation investigation - amid revelations from a declassified memo released yesterday, as President Trump refused to publicly back him when pressed by reporters. He then asked the official if he was on his "team", to which Rosenstein reportedly replied, "Of course, we're all on your team, Mr. President".

It's called the U.S. Justice Department, not the Trump Justice Department.

Rosenstein seems to be on a thin ethical tightrope without a net.

Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, speaks with reporters following a day of questions from the House Intelligence Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017.

The Nunes memo has been released - and the conservative drumbeat demanding the firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is getting louder.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) has read the Nunes memo, and he says that it is nothing more than a pretext for Trump to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Sources told CNN in January that Trump was furious with Rosenstein and griped about wanting him removed. On the subject of Mueller's investigation, CNN reported, Rosenstein demurred. Trump wants Mueller fired, but Rosenstein is standing in the way.

He said this shows that the Russian Federation investigation is more "wishful thinking" on the part of Democrats rather than a substantive look into possible wrongdoing on the part of the Trump team.

Trump can't fire Mueller without Rosenstein's go-ahead. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, only five months into his job, has defended the agency in the face of criticism, and has been highly critical of the Nunes memo.

Others said that Rosenstein hadn't done anything wrong by saying he was on the president's team.

Trump's refusal to express confidence in Rosenstein prompted an immediate response from Democrats, including House minority leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate minority leader Charles Schumer, who wrote him about it.

The second lawyer, who represents a senior Trump official, said Mueller could indict the president to show how serious his findings are - despite facing tough procedural challenges to do so. Or, assuming the reports are accurate, his looking the other way or parsing when given the opportunity to take a strong stand against what is clearly inappropriate or illegal behavior by the president in asking about Rosenstein's loyalty or misusing his work product for political purposes. President Donald Trump declassified the memo earlier Friday. Trump asked McCabe who he voted for during that interview, according to a source familiar with the matter.