In a statement on Friday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the memo "raises serious concerns about the integrity of decisions made at the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use the government's most intrusive surveillance tools against American citizens".
President Donald Trump had appeared to raise that possibility earlier on Friday when asked whether he retained confidence in Rosenstein in the fallout over a Republican memo about the ongoing Russian Federation probe.
And that is why I have pledged my sacred honor, what little "fortune" Freedom Watch now has, and our lives to save the Trump presidency by removing Special Counsel Mueller and his co-conspirators such as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - an Obama deep-state holdover - before all is lost.
The memo alleges that the agencies left out important details when applying for authorization in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, including that the author of a controversial dossier - Christopher Steele - was funded by the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign "via the law firm Perkins Coie and research firm Fusion GPS".
Trump had a short window to allow the release of the previously classified memo after the House intelligence panel voted along party lines to release it on Monday.
President Trump is well known - even from his time as a business leader - for demanding unflinching loyalty from his staff and personnel.
Reports suggested prior to the memo's release that the president viewed it as a way to discredit the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. And he wanted to know whether Rosenstein was "on my team".
Trump today wouldn't say if he'll sack Rosenstein, whom Trump is said to be angry with. "I think we should let Rosenstein, Mueller and everybody else do their jobs and wait to see what the outcome is".
President Trump is pictured walking away from Marine One after returning to the White House.
But if the president wants to fire Rosenstein, it's not really clear how this memo would help him do it, legal experts say. And it accuses Justice Department officials of bias against Trump. Boente, a former deputy attorney general at DOJ, was named as the FBI's general counsel by Wray last month.
Also signing on were the top Democrats on the two Intelligence committees, Rep. Adam Schiff from the House and Sen.
"This memo totally vindicates "Trump" in probe". It should use that credibility in an effort to deter further stunts and to call out Nunes for collaborating with the White House in a smear campaign. Either way, he's demonstrated criminality, incompetence, or both and needs to go.
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