Despite concerns that Trump may target both Mueller and Rosenstein for their roles in facilitating the raid, Andrew Cohen, an attorney and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice (with no known relation to Trump's lawyer), argued in Rolling Stone on Tuesday that the raid "is not a Trump v. Mueller thing" but rather "a reminder of the deplorable character of so numerous people with whom the president has chosen to associate himself over the years".
House Speaker Paul Ryan, for his half, tried to douse speculation Trump could fireside Rosenstein or Mueller, saying: "I've no trigger to think about that that's going to happen". And privately, Trump talked about he didn't want to be away from the White House amid developments throughout the China commerce dispute and throughout the Mueller investigation.
Cohen is at the center of an ongoing saga concerning his $130,000 payment in 2016 to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who has claimed she had a sexual encounter with Trump in 2006 and received the money as a hush payment. "Final decisions haven't been made yet on that front", said the White House Spokesperson Sarah Sanders at a daily briefing on Wednesday afternoon.
Mr. Rosenstein has told Congress that he would dismiss Mr. Mueller only for cause, and people close to Mr. Rosenstein have indicated he would resign if the president ordered him to fire Mr. Mueller.
Republican Sens. Thom Tillis of North Carolina and Lindsey Graham of SC and Democratic Sens.
Trump spent Monday evening calling associates to vent and gauge their response to the data. "That's been what the President is committed to, not just rhetoric, but actual action". At the time, the Pentagon reportedly had no advance warning the tweet was coming and it took until March for Pentagon officials to come up with a formal policy.Trump's desires for a military parade and a "space force" also caught the Pentagon by surprise after Trump mused about them in public. We stand by to engage with you, the government of China and President Xi, on that matter, she said.
Trump pointed to the recent appointments of national security adviser John Bolton and economic adviser Larry Kudlow as proof that reports of his inability to fill top positions are "fake news". He impressed Trump to skip the journey to South America to deal with the Syria approach. NSC spokesman Michael Anton resigned over the weekend, with two people accustomed to the situation saying Anton resigned after learning he may be fired.
Trump later conflated the Mueller probe with rising United States tensions with Russian Federation. Sanders was asked if the new promises would be sufficient to prevent some of President Trump's proposed tariffs on Chinese imports.