Trump on firing Mueller or Rosenstein: 'They're still here'

President Trump sits with Attorney General Jeff Sessions during the FBI National Academy graduation ceremony in Quantico Va

During a hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson questioned Manafort's attorney Kevin Downing's assertion that Special Counsel Robert Mueller overstepped his authority in bringing charges that Downing said fell outside of parameters set by the Justice Department's No. 2 official Rod Rosenstein.

Trump has publicly criticized Mueller, who is investigating potential ties between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 campaign and possible obstruction of justice. "This was really a hoax created largely by the Democrats as a way of softening the blow of a loss, which is a loss that, frankly, they shouldnt have had from the standpoint that its very easy for them", Trump told reporters during a joint news conference with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. CNN has not independently obtained a copy of the memo.

Pittsburgh Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said emails like this are commonly sent after the Department receives tips of potential events or threats. "However, through an abundance of caution, we attempt to adequately prepare for an appropriate response".

"In this case, we have not assessed the credibility of the potential for disturbances, and we do not have any knowledge of the President's decision-making process". Some suggested police were trying to clamp down on protesters or that the Pittsburgh mayor was "scaring his constituents" into thinking Trump will fire Mueller.

"We are getting ready in Pittsburgh to respond quickly and forcefully to a clear obstruction of justice", the group says online. It added that it now has more than 800 protest rallies planned and had received 300,000 RSVPs.

While Rosenstein and Mueller's communication about the Russian Federation probe may help the special counsel's office defend its criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Mueller's team is also indirectly pushing back against the President and Republicans' assertions that the investigation is rogue and corrupt. President Trump was reportedly furious that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, had his residence, office, and hotel room raided by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents.

Since then, the President has openly mulled whether to fire Mueller and repeated his attack on the special counsel's investigation as a "witch hunt".

Bloomberg News reported that two sources familiar with the conversation said Rosenstein "brought up the Mueller probe himself" during a White House conversation last Thursday.

That assurance appeared to quell the possibility that Trump could move to dismiss either Rosenstein or Mueller.

Mueller is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 US election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

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