White House is prepping an effort to undermine Rosenstein

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The White House hit back on Thursday against a report that President Trump is considering forgoing an interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team in light of the raid on the office and home of Trump's personal attorney earlier this week.

The president and his allies have accused Mr. Rosenstein of stonewalling Congress and allowing special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election to stray beyond its scope.

Trump also went after Attorney General Jeff Sessions - whose decision to recuse himself set in motion events that led to the appointment of Mueller by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who is revealed to have permitted the raid after hearing from Mueller. Here's what to know.

Democrats, meanwhile, said they would treat firing Rosenstein as equally bad as firing Mueller. His frustration increased this week after the Federal Bureau of Investigation raided Michael Cohen's home, hotel and office.

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Trump's outburst raised concerns among critics and lawmakers, including some in Trump's own Republican Party, that he might try to have Mueller removed.

Trump could also fire Rosenstein, for no reason at all, as a member of the executive branch. American Media Inc., parent company of The National Enquirer, reportedly paid McDougal $150,000 for the rights to her story and then didn't run one, which is thought to have been an attempt to silence her.

"I think that it was absolutely unjustified and so unprofessional".

He's also recalled another firing that proved to have damaging consequences: it was his firing of James Comey a year ago that resulted in the appointment of Mueller as special counsel.

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The Times had reported that in early December Trump was furious over reports about a new round of subpoenas from the special counsel's office and told advisers the investigation needed to be ended.

Trump's lawyers and Mueller's team were reportedly zeroing in on the final details of a potential interview, including negotiating the length of the discussion.

I have agreed with the historically cooperative, disciplined approach that we have engaged in with Robert Mueller (Unlike the Clintons!). "Just more Fake News from a biased newspaper!" That is why in August I introduced a bill to create a judicial-review process to prevent the removal of a special counsel without good cause.

It would be "suicide" for the president to fire Mueller, said Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, who heads the Senate Judiciary Committee. Two officials said the raid might be the tipping point that pushes him to act, and if he's going to actually fire anyone, it would be Rosenstein.

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