No discussions to fire Rosenstein: White House

Saturday, 03 Feb, 2018

The controversial Nunes memo was released on Friday after Trump gave a green signal to it.

The Justice Department declined to comment for this story.

Presumably, Mueller would have stayed in this lucrative position until retirement.

President Donald Trump refused to say on Friday whether he would dismiss the top Justice Department official overseeing the Russian Federation investigation after declassifying a disputed Republican memo he alleged demonstrated disgraceful behavior. Under enormous pressure to choose someone members of both parties would find credible, he chose Mueller.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) penned a scathing letter to the commander-in-chief warning him against dismissing deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein or interfering with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Republicans have long expressed suspicion about the sale of Uranium One, a Canadian company with rights to mine USA uranium, to Russia's nuclear energy agency Rosatom.

Trump shakes hands with James Comey then-director of the FBI
Trump shakes hands with James Comey then-director of the FBI

The Nunes memo has been released - and the conservative drumbeat demanding the firing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is getting louder. He and Wray met with the president this week to oppose the memo's release. Comey and Yates, the ex-acting attorney general, were both fired by Trump previous year.

Comey was a registered Republican, but is now resident of Virginia, which does not have party registration. Brand, the associate attorney general, is also a Republican from the Bush era. Republicans contend that the memo reveals surveillance abuses by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department.

There was no decision by the President at the meeting, the sources told CNN. The communications surfaced during a watchdog's inquiry into the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Tuesday that Trump had not yet "seen or been briefed on the memo". Trump was presumably again disappointed when Sessions gave a qualified defense of his Justice Department.

On Monday, FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe, who has been blasted by Trump and other Republicans, stepped down and will be on leave until he retires sometime in the spring, a person familiar with the matter said. Republicans were further angered because the statute that Comey cited did not require criminal intent, even though Comey said the Justice Department had historically required it for prosecution.