Trump To Use Nunes Memo To Halt Mueller’s Russia Probe, Fire Rod Rosenstein: Report
President Donald Trump is set to release a controversial memo written by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) as a way to discredit and stop special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russia election interference and its ties to the Trump campaign, White House sources revealed to CNN.
In phone calls last night and over the past days, Trump has told close allies he believes the memo would expose bias within the agency’s top ranks and make it easier for him to argue the Russia investigations are prejudiced against him,” the news outlet wrote, citing two sources.
The sources also revealed that the president is plotting to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller as special counsel last year after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from handling the Russia probe.
“Another person said Trump is so frustrated with the Russia investigation and, in turn, Rosenstein that he may look for any opportunity to build a case for Rosenstein’s firing,” CNN reports. “He could argue that Rosenstein failed to scrutinize the information initially used to request the warrant and therefore didn’t do his due diligence.”
The FBI on Wednesday issued an unprecedented statement accusing Nunes of cherry-picked intelligence and called the memo misleading. Despite this, the president is still expected to release the memo any minute.