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Trump Asked Rosenstein If He's on President's 'Team'

(CNN's "The Lead")

By    |   Wednesday, 31 Jan 2018 06:24 PM

President Donald Trump in December asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein about the direction special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe was heading — and if Rosenstein was "on my team," CNN reported Wednesday.

According to CNN, citing an unnamed source, Rosenstein appeared surprised by Trump's questions during the White House meeting, and demurred on the direction of the Mueller investigation.

But on Trump's query about being on the "team," Rosenstein replied: "Of course, we're all on your team, Mr. President," CNN reported.

Rosenstein's meeting with the president came ahead of his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in December — a meeting Trump appeared focused on, CNN reported.

According to CNN, Rosenstein had gone to the White House in order to ask Trump for help in fighting off document requests from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

At the hearing, Rosenstein testified he never received any "improper orders" from Trump and denied that anyone ever asked him to pledge his loyalty, dating back to his time in the Bush administration.

"Nobody has asked me to take a loyalty pledge, other than the oath of office," Rosenstein said.

Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN the question from Trump sounded a lot like the pledge of loyalty he sought from former FBI Director James Comey.

"It is very reminiscent — maybe not as direct pledge for loyalty — but a pledge of loyalty that he tried to elicit from Jim Comey," Clapper said. "It seems to reflect either willful disregard or ignorance of the three branches of government, which seem to be eroding right now.

"If I could, I think the point here, are you a member of the team, is different, a different nuance, than enlisting a personal pledge of loyalty."

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