Will Trump fire another aide?
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The White House on Friday said President Donald Trump is frustrated with his Deputy Attorney General — a pivotal figure in Russia investigation — raising the specter he may soon be fired.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders refused to rule out the departure of Rod Rosenstein, a first step to removing special counsel Robert Mueller and a leap toward a constitutional crisis.
“I don't have any announcements at this time. The President has voiced some frustrations, but beyond that, I don't have anything to add,” Ms. Sanders said.
With Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused from overseeing the investigation into collusion with Russia, his deputy has the power to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
Mr. Rosenstein has refused to fire Mr. Mueller without cause and has infuriated the President by authorising a raid on the offices of Mr. Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
In what appeared to be a concerted effort to push Mr. Rosenstein out, Mr. Trump's allies took to Twitter and television to make their case, while his allies in Congress turned up the heat on the Justice Department veteran.
Lawmakers Devin Nunes, Trey Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte demanded Mr. Rosenstein produce memos from former FBI director James Comey, which may prove an impossible request.
Democratic Senator Ed Markey warned that if Mr. Trump fires Mr. Rosenstein it would push the country into “a constitutional crisis, the likes of which we have not seen since Watergate.”