Stymied with Mueller, Trump reportedly mulls firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
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President Trump reportedly backed off his threats to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller last year under pressure from White House Counsel Don McGahn, but more recently, CNN reports, he has expressed an interest in firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein instead. Rosenstein oversees Mueller's probe into Russian election meddling efforts and alleged Trump campaign collusion, and multiple unnamed sources tell CNN the president has complained about him in recent weeks.

"Let's fire him, let's get rid of him," Trump reportedly says of Rosenstein. His staff discourage the idea: "When this comes up — everyone says, 'That's the death march. That's not going to accomplish anything,'" one source said.

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