WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) — Two White House officials have said President Donald Trump is not considering firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to the Associated Press.
The officials said there is no consideration or expectation for Rosenstein to leave his job at the Justice Department, AP reported.
Earlier in the day, Trump declined to endorse the deputy attorney general amid allegations of political bias at the Department of Justice. When asked by reporters whether he was more likely to fire Rosenstein, Trump responded, "You figure that one out."
The rumors about Trump firing the Justice Department's number two come in the context of the Friday release of a Republican Intelligence Committee memo alleging the FBI abused its surveillance powers to investigate members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Trump cleared the way for the House committee to declassify the memo. Rod Rosenstein objected to the decision to make the memo public.
Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to attack members of the FBI and Justice Department who he said "have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans."
The top Leadership and Investigators of the FBI and the Justice Department have politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats and against Republicans - something which would have been unthinkable just a short time ago. Rank & File are great people!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2018
The four-page memo alleges that FBI agents used unverified information from a dossier partially funded by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to obtain a warrant to surveil former Trump adviser Carter Page in the fall of 2016.
Before it was released, the FBI stated that there are “material omissions” in the memo and it has "grave concerns" about its contents. Senior FBI officials had made direct appeals to the White House, warning that the document release could set a dangerous precedent.
Rosenstein oversees the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian government led by Robert Mueller. President Trump has derided the special counsel investigation as "the greatest Witch Hunt in political history."