Trump appears to back off Rosenstein and Mueller, for now
- Author: Megan Austin Apr 20, 2018,
Apr 20, 2018, 0:45
In a press conference yesterday, Trump cited the media's unease and fear about whether he'll fire either Mueller or Rosenstein.
Hissrich released a statement about the possible protests: "Often the events we prepare for do not occur. This would result in a large protest within 24 hours of the firing", the emails states. Rosenstein has been overseeing Mueller's investigation following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "The protest would be semi-spontaneous and more than likely happen on short notice".
While Rosenstein and Mueller's communication about the Russian Federation probe may help the special counsel's office defend its criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Mueller's team is also indirectly pushing back against the President and Republicans' assertions that the investigation is rogue and corrupt.
In Pittsburgh, more than 2,300 people have registered to participate in a potential rally at the Pittsburgh City-County Building, as of early Thursday. "We won't allow it", the group says on its web page.
Trump also said he would impose additional sanctions on Russia when needed, and bristled at the notion that he had backed away from a new round of penalties associated with alleged Russian help for Syrian chemical weapons production. Some suggested police were trying to clamp down on protesters or that the Pittsburgh mayor was "scaring his constituents" into thinking Trump will fire Mueller.
Kentucky lawmakers mock Gov. Matt Bevin's apology for teacher protest comments
On Saturday, the Kentucky House of Representatives condemned Bevin in two separate resolutions over his remarks. In a video release, Bevin said he was sorry for those that had been "hurt by things that I have said ".
Dreeben on Thursday defended that language in the original appointment order, saying it was meant "to reflect the fact that investigations are naturally going to move forward". The awkward episode continued Tuesday, with a White House official saying Haley may have been confused, and the blunt USA diplomat disputing that characterization.
The meeting, first reported by the Washington Post, comes as the GOP chairmen of the House Oversight, Intelligence and Judiciary Committees have demanded DOJ turn over copies of James Comey's memos detailing his encounters with Trump to Congress.
But he has also "agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller", saying that he has "full confidence in Ty Cobb, my Special Counsel, and have been fully advised throughout each phase of this process". "So we want to get the investigation over with, done with, put it behind us".
On Wednesday, Trump wouldn't confirm reports that he planned to soon fire Mueller, but said his administration has been transparent and cooperative with the probe.
"As good as he is, I don't think the deputy attorney general could see into the future", she said.