President Donald Trump may be frustrated with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the official overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, but the White House is refusing to tip its hand on Rosenstein’s future in the administration.
“I don’t have any announcements at this time,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday, when asked whether Trump has plans to fire Rosenstein. “The president’s voiced some frustrations, but beyond that, I don’t have anything to add.”
Rosenstein has been the focus of criticism among many Trump allies after he authorized a raid on longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen earlier this week. Trump met with Rosenstein at the White House on Thursday, amplifying concerns that Rosenstein could be on his way out.
Ousting Rosenstein could be one wayfor Trump to rein in the ongoing Russia investigation, given that he has the authority to fire Mueller but has said he will not do so without just reason. Rosenstein took over the investigation’s oversight after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the inquiry.