Rosenstein approved raids of office of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen…
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions threatened to resign if President Trump fired the deputy attorney general overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
Sessions was reportedly concerned with Trump’s rhetoric toward Rod Rosenstein and worried that the president would fire him.
In a phone call to the former White House Counsel Don McGahn last April, Sessions said he would resign if Trump tried to take action against Rosenstein, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Trump was furious with Rosenstein for approving the FBI’s April 9 raid on the office of his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen.
Rosenstein personally approved the raids, according to the Journal.
Rosenstein’s potential exit would have thrust the oversight of Mueller’s investigation onto a different Justice Department official — a problem Sessions believed had serious political consequences.
When asked in April if he would fire Rosenstein or Mueller, Trump responded: “As far as the two gentlemen you told me about, they’ve been saying I’m going to get rid of them for the last three months, four months, five months. And they’re still here,” Trump said. “So we want to get the investigation over with, done with, put it behind us.”
Sessions didn’t use the possibility of his resignation as a threat, but “rather wanted to convey the untenable position that Rosenstein’s firing would put him in,” according to the Washington Post.
Before Sessions resigned earlier this month, the former attorney general was the focus of Trump’s criticism as well.
The president was critical of Sessions’s decision to recuse himself from the Mueller investigation, and suggested that he would not have appointed Sessions if he would have known that beforehand.
Trump replaced Sessions with Matthew Whitaker, who now serves as the acting attorney general.
“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” Trump tweeted.