"If he is not involved, leave him alone", the South Carolina Republican said.
Compounding Woodward's account, The New York Times went on to publish an op-ed by an anonymous senior official - whose identity remains a mystery - claiming that select administration staff members are so alarmed by the president's "erratic" and "amoral" behavior that they actively sabotage his most extreme policy efforts. "He shouldn't fire Rosenstein unless you believe Rosenstein's lying", Graham said.
Rosenstein's alleged allusion to the 25th amendment of the US Constitution, which provides for removing a president if they are judged unfit for office, came just after Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey - invoking a memo written by Rosenstein.
Rosenstein has been a frequent punching bag for Trump supporters for appointing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in May 2017 to take over a federal probe of suspected Russian meddling in the US election and potential coordination between Moscow and the Trump campaign. "Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel the next day", writes Fox News. While Laura Ingraham initially urged Trump to fire Rosenstein, Sean Hannity pleaded with the president not to act. Some of his staunchest allies seemed to goad him to do it. Fox News hosts Laura Ingraham and Jeanine Pirro posted messages on Twitter declaring Rosenstein must swiftly be dismissed.
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The secretary of the ABC section of the Community and Public Sector Union, Sinddy Ealy, said the board had done the right thing. ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has been sacked.
While Pompeo wouldn't address Rosenstein directly, Fox anchor Chris Wallace asked if a person who tried to record the president and use the 25th Amendment is on the team. "But there's a lingering stench we're going to get rid of that, too".
"And I'm sure at some point the president will bring Rod in and say, 'Rod if you think I am incompetent, if you feel the need to wear a wire when you're talking to me, then why are you serving in my administration?'" "And Jeff Sessions hired him". The Justice Department issued a statement from one of the participants in the meeting who described the remark as sarcastic.
"Rod deserves the right to be heard", said Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., on CBS' "Face the Nation".
As the number two Justice Department official, Rosenstein oversees the probe into whether Trump's 2016 election campaign colluded with Russians in defeating Democrat Hillary Clinton.