The White House is reportedly telling allies to go on TV and build a case for President Trump to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, reports The Wall Street Journal.
Several White House aides described Trump as “seething” over a Monday FBI raid of his longtime personal attorney’s office and hotel and is on the brink of firing Rosenstein and Sessions.
The raid was referred by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign was involved. Rosenstein is overseeing the special counsel investigation.
The raid was “not good for the long-term relationship between the president and Sessions and Rosenstein,” a source told the Journal.
One person who spoke to the president this week told The Wall Street Journal that Rosenstein’s ouster is “a matter of when, not if.”
The Week adds:
Trump’s advisers have reportedly warned him that firing Rosenstein would be extremely risky and could cause a constitutional crisis. But the Journal’s sources say Trump wants the top Justice Department officials gone anyway: “Eventually, it will happen,” a source said.