President Trump was recently revealed to be complaining about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and making suggestions about wishing to dimiss him, according to a new report from CNN.
Four sources informed CNN that the president has in the past few weeks held steady with his frustration towards Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official currently looking over the federal Russian probe.
One source explained to CNN that Trump has demanded for Rosenstein to be removed, making remarks like “let’s fire him, let’s get rid of him” before his aides step in to stop him from making such a move.
The report follow a recent bombshell New York Times report that uncovered that Trump had tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last June before White House counsel Don McGahn refused the order and threatened to quit over, thus forcing Trump to back down.
Trump this past Friday dismissed the new report as “fake news” while attending the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
“Fake news. Fake news. Typical New York Times. Fake stories,” Trump explained to reporters.
Rosenstein had personally appointed Mueller as the special counsel to lead the Russia probe after Trump dismissed FBI Director James Comey back in May. Trump has complained about Rosenstein before, branding him a “threat” to his presidency.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions‘s avoidance of the Russia investigation led to Rosenstein becoming the one to directly supervise the special counsel probe. Lawmakers from both parties have warned Trump against any efforts to fire Mueller.
Rosenstein informed the House Judiciary Committee in December that he sees no “good cause” to dismiss Mueller.