During a meeting at the White House last Thursday, deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly assured President Donald Trump that he was not the target of the special counsel's Russian Federation probe or the investigation into Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions reportedly warned the White House that if President Trump fired Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, then he might leave as well.
However, "another person familiar with the exchange said Sessions did not intend to threaten the White House but rather wanted to convey the untenable position that Rosenstein's firing would put him in".
The Post said the attorney general spoke with McGahn last weekend after his deputy, Rosenstein, signed off on the FBI's April 9 raid of Michael Cohen's office and residence. Rosenstein also appointed former FB director Robert Mueller as special counsel in charge of the probe after Trump ousted Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey last May.
Sessions had also asked for details of April 12 meeting between Trump and Rosenstein and was reportedly relieved when he was told that the encounter was cordial, the daily said.
The Justice Department said last week that Cohen has been "under criminal investigation" for months in NY because of his business dealings.
Ever since Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided the home and office of his lawyer Michael Cohen earlier this month, Trump has been egged on by some of his strongest supporters to strike back at Mueller. Trump may not officially be a target, but Mueller hasn't ruled out making him one at some point in the future, according to a US official with knowledge of the unfolding investigation.
Rosenstein's status remained uncertain on Friday, but more than 800 former Justice Department employees have called on Congress in an open letter to "swiftly and forcefully respond to protect the founding principles of our Republic and the rule of law" if Trump fired him or Mueller, the Post reported.
On coverage, Trump has embraced an excessive amount of what Periods is doing on the Justice Division.
Given Trump's very public anger with Sessions for recusing himself in the first place, this might well make Trump more likely to fire Rosenstein, not less.