Forty-eight hours after the President approved release of the House Republican memo critical of the FBI and hours before he is expected to unveil the Democratic response, all signs looked upbeat Tuesday for one of the key players in the ongoing drama over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 elections, Rod Rosenstein, deputy U.S. attorney general.
For weeks, rumors have been rampant that President Trump would fire Rosenstein, the official who appointed Robert Mueller as special prosecutor to probe just what the Russians did in the presidential elections two years ago.
Trump’s sacking of Rosenstein, the speculation went, would set the stage for the firing of Mueller himself and a presumed end to the “Russia-gate” probe.
But as of Tuesday, there was significant evidence that Rosenstein isn’t going anywhere.
During the regular White House briefing for reporters, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that Rosenstein met with the President “within the last hour to discuss some of the differences between the [Republican and Democratic] memos.”
“And we are undergoing the exact same process that we did with the previous memo, in which it will go through a full and thorough legal and national security review,” added Sanders.
Earlier in the briefing, Rosenstein won high marks from John Cronan, acting U.S. Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, for his work as U.S. Attorney in Maryland dealing with the notorious MS-13 gang from El Salvador.
“Rosenstein,” said Cronan, “is someone who saw firsthand the devastating effects of MS-13 on his district. He is someone with an intricate understanding of the threat, and he shares the Attorney General's commitment to targeting the threat, and he's very supportive of our efforts targeting MS-13.”
John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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