Trump Slams Rod Rosenstein, Mueller on Twitter

Sources say president is considering firing Rosenstein
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 11, 2018 4:44 PM CDT
Trump Slams Rod Rosenstein, Mueller on Twitter
Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's personal attorney, leaves a restaurant, Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in New York. FBI agents on Monday raided Cohen's home, hotel room and office, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence...   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

President Donald Trump insisted that all was "very calm and calculated" at the White House, even as he vented Wednesday about the Russia probe and complained about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the AP reports. Trump, who was so incensed by the FBI's raid of his personal attorney's office and hotel room that he's privately pondered firing Rosenstein, let loose on Twitter Wednesday against the deputy attorney general and special counsel Robert Mueller. He said the Russia probe was "headed up by the all Democrat loyalists, or people that worked for Obama. Mueller is most conflicted of all (except Rosenstein who signed FISA & Comey letter). No Collusion, so they go crazy!" Trump also tweeted: "No Collusion or Obstruction (other than I fight back), so now they do the Unthinkable, and RAID a lawyers office for information! BAD!" And he insisted the White House was "Very calm and calculated."

The raid, in which agents seized attorney Michael Cohen's records on topics including a $130,000 payment to a porn actress who alleges she had sex with Trump, left the president more angry than advisers had seen him in weeks, according to five people familiar with the president's views but not authorized to discuss them publicly. Nervous White House aides expressed new fears about the president's unpredictability in the face of the Cohen raid, which he viewed as an assault on a longtime defender and a sign that Mueller's probe into potential ties between Russia and the Trump campaign was "going too far." Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made clear that White House officials have explored Trump's authority to fire Mueller. "He certainly believes that he has the power to do so," she said at Tuesday's press briefing. Under Justice Department regulations, only Rosenstein, who oversees the Russia investigation, can fire Mueller. Multiple sources have also told CNN Trump is considering firing Rosenstein.

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