After the FBI’s raid of Michael Cohen’s offices and hotel room on Monday, President Trump is reportedly furious with the Department of Justice and senior bureau officials. As Mueller’s team of investigators begin to circle the wagons, the president is openly considering terminating both Deputy FBI Director Rod Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Against the advice of his legal council, Trump feels that terminating these two lawmen would get the DOJ and FBI back on track. But, voices in the conservative media and the president’s own party tell a different story.
Here’s the scoop from our friends at The Hill:
President Trump is reportedly mulling firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after federal investigators raided the office of Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
CNN reported Tuesday evening that the move is among several that Trump is considering taking after the FBI raided Cohen’s Manhattan office the previous day.
The president is also considering firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recused himself from the Russia probe last year, CNN reported. But officials told the network that Rosenstein — the No. 2 Justice Department official who reportedly personally approved the FBI raid — is his most likely target.
The raid on Cohen’s offices reportedly marked a tipping point in how Trump responds to the most senior members of his Justice Department. Various members of Trump’s legal team have reportedly told the president that Rosenstein crossed a line in signing off on the raids.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats have warned Trump against trying to fire Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe into Trump campaign associates’ ties to Russia.
Schumer said Tuesday afternoon that Trump firing Rosenstein would spark a “constitutional crisis.”
Rosenstein is not the only one facing the president’s wrath.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump tried to fire Mueller in December, but was talked out of it by his attorneys.
Trump openly mused about firing Mueller at the White House on Monday after the FBI raid against Cohen.
The president has maintained his innocent since the beginning of this debacle, and we are inclined to believe him. However, it may turn out that members of his campaign staff have committed crimes involving collusion with the Russian government or other things. It may be in Trump’s best interest to let the probe continue and those that have broken laws be indicted and tried by a jury of their peers.
If he elects to fire Rosenstein and Sessions, it may precipitate a “Richard Nixon situation” and Trump could be seen as obstructing justice.
This is a perilous time for our country and our president.
What do you think Trump should do?