Robert Mueller is 'properly operating' in probe, Justice Department says

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But he has also seemingly made compromises to curry favor: the Comey memo, where he seemed to do the political bidding of attorney general Jeff Sessions on behalf of a president desperate to justify the firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Trump, when asked Friday if he was thinking about firing Rosenstein, cryptically told reporters: "You figure that one out".

President Trump offered a cryptic response when asked about Rosenstein's fate on Friday.

Rosenstein assumed oversight of the Russian Federation investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from Russia-related matters a year ago.

As a further sign of the President's focus on Rosenstein's testimony, one of the sources said Trump also had suggested questions to members of Congress that they could ask Rosenstein.

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Prior to the memo's release, Pelosi sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan on Thursday claiming "Nunes' deliberately dishonest actions make him unfit to serve as chairman" and demanded that he be "removed immediately from his position".

But Republicans have urged Trump not to hastily dismiss Rosenstein due to the political optics and due process, according to The Hill.

"This lawsuit plainly seeks to interfere with Manafort's ongoing criminal prosecution", Justice Department attorneys wrote to Judge Amy Berman Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Friday. He also served on Donald Trump's transition team. "Firing Mueller would produce a backlash as great or greater than the Saturday Night Massacre did in 1973", he said, referring to President Richard Nixon's firing of a special prosecutor and the resignation of the attorney general and deputy attorney general.

Paul Manafort was indicted in October in special counsel Robert Mueller's (MUHL'-urs) Russian Federation investigation.

As other Florida lawmakers issued statements about the Nunes memo, Rep. Ron DeSantis got a big platform on Fox News and said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will have to "explain his role". Trump has made no secret his disdain for the "Russia hoax", and he has reportedly questioned Rosenstein's loyalty to him. "I think we should let Rosenstein, Mueller and everybody else do their jobs and wait to see what the outcome is".

Now, Rosenstein is among the DOJ officials who are arguing against the release of the memo. And there's no sense that Rachel Brand, the current No. 3 at the Justice Department, would be viewed any more favorably by Trump. "We fully expect Rod Rosenstein to continue on as the deputy attorney general". Along with FBI Director Christopher Wray, he made a last-ditch plea this week to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly about the dangers of releasing the document.

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