Democrats say GOP memo aims to protect Trump, smear Federal Bureau of Investigation

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the House Judiciary

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the House Judiciary

The White House later said "no changes" would be made at the Department of Justice and that Rosenstein would continue his job.

Sources told CNN in January that Trump was furious with Rosenstein and griped about wanting him removed.

Following the release of a controversial memo alleging misconduct by Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department officials, top Democratic lawmakers have warned President Donald Trump against using the document as a pretext to fire either Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

President Donald Trump declined to say if he had confidence in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who overseas the Mueller probe. According to the memo, FBI and DOJ staff also abused surveillance laws in the investigation of Trump campaign. As a key member of Trump's campaign, which for months pushed the idea that Clinton should be imprisoned for various alleged crimes, Sessions said at his confirmation hearing that he would formally recuse himself from investigations into matters like Clinton's private email server and family foundation-a promise his office says he intends to keep. Nor is he in agreement with Comer, who thinks that Trump, as president, has the authority to kneecap the Russian Federation investigation if he so chooses.

Nadler's six-page rebuttal is the most detailed given by Democrats since the Nunes memo was released Friday after being declassified by President Trump.

Trump has expressed suspicion of Rosenstein before.

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Mueller is leading the special counsel's investigation into any potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation - one of several investigations into the matter.

But if the president wants to fire Rosenstein, it's not really clear how this memo would help him do it, legal experts say. "Rosenstein was joined in the meeting at the White House by FBI Director Christopher A. Wray". The FBI has said it has "grave concerns" that the memo leaves out important material, creating an inaccurate impression of its work.

"Nobody has asked me to take a loyalty pledge, other than the oath of office", Rosenstein said. "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. And there's no sense that Rachel Brand, the current No. 3 at the Justice Department, would be viewed any more favorably by Trump.

But the memo wastes little time mentioning the deputy attorney general.

Also signing on were the top Democrats on the two Intelligence committees, Rep. Adam Schiff from the House and Sen.

In a letter to lawmakers that accompanied the memo, Trump's top lawyer wrote the decision came because of the "significant public interest" in the document. The White House did not comment.

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