Trump appears to back off Rosenstein and Mueller, for now

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It has always been speculated that the president will move to fire Mr. Rosenstein and Mr. Mueller.

Sources familiar with the investigation say Rod Rosenstein told President Trump that he is not a target of the investigation into Michael Cohen; John Roberts reports. One person said Trump doesn't want to take any action that would drag out the investigation.

The revelation came as Rosenstein met with Trump at the White House.

"The Cohen searches have not yet changed our strategy or level of cooperation with the special counsel", Cobb continued.

"In this case, we have not assessed the credibility of the potential for disturbances, and we do not have any knowledge of the President's decision-making process", Hissrich said in a statement.

Dreeben said the special counsel had explicit authority from Rosenstein to probe Manafort's Ukraine dealings based on an August 2017 memo.

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'They've been saying I'm going to get rid of them for the last three months, four months, five months, ' the president replied, 'and they're still here'.

"I have said all along the best thing for the president and the presidency is to be able to get the investigation complete, get it done", the Oklahoma Republican said.

But in the past month, Trump has appeared to grow increasingly agitated with Mueller and the investigation and has started calling out Mueller by name. As to whether he'll fire Mueller, Trump uttered the infamous "we'll see what happens", which has been the kiss of death to top officials, like Steve Bannon and Rex Tillerson.

Last week, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials raided Mr. Cohen's home and office, seizing evidence related to a $130,000 payment to adult film actress Stephanie Clifford, better known as Stormy Daniels.

The President is asking multiple people for advice on Cohen, the officials said, including Ivanka Trump, who is close to Cohen. Rosenstein was the one to raise the issue, according to Bloomberg.

Mueller's team also has countered in court filings that an investigation of possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia would "naturally cover ties" between the campaign's chairman and "Russian associated political operatives, Russian-backed politicians and Russian oligarchs". Trump was speaking in a joint news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

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