In what seemed to many to be a surprise move, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly told President Trump he is not a target in either the Michael Cohen or Robert Mueller investigations.
However, one-time FBI officials who have been challenging Trump now seem to have had the tables turned on them.
Rosenstein told Trump in a meeting at the White House last Thursday that he in not the focus or target of the special counsel’s probe or the investigation into his personal lawyer.
“Instead, what we’re seeing is some of the onetime FBI officials who have been challenging the president’s candor, namely James Comey and Andrew McCabe…are facing new scrutiny themselves tonight,” Fox News’ chief national correspondent Ed Henry said Thursday.
“The president instead is a subject of the investigation, meaning his conduct is under investigation, but there’s not enough evidence to charge him. That point had been reported last month,” Henry explained.
“What’s significant is that Rosenstein was now repeating this for the first time since the president’s longtime personal attorney, Michael Cohen, had his home and office raided. Fox News is specifically hearing Rosenstein also told the president he’s not a target of the separate Cohen investigation. That is new.”
The president himself tweeted as news broke of the release of fired FBI director James Comey’s memos.
James Comey just threw Andrew McCabe “under the bus.” Inspector General’s Report on McCabe is a disaster for both of them! Getting a little (lot) of their own medicine?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 19, 2018
James Comey Memos just out and show clearly that there was NO COLLUSION and NO OBSTRUCTION. Also, he leaked classified information. WOW! Will the Witch Hunt continue?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2018
“Important to note,” Henry continued, “Mueller has not ruled out making the president a target in the future based on evidence that could emerge. The same could happen in the Cohen investigation, which may explain why the president also beefed up his legal team.”
Trump added ally and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to his legal team, The former federal prosecutor has been critical of the FBI and the Justice Department for taking it easy on Hillary Clinton while turning up the heat on Trump.
Henry noted that the latest on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe who was fired for allegedly leaking information and then lying to cover that up.
“Now the inspector general at the Justice Department has sent a criminal referral to the U.S. Attorney here in D.C. over allegations that McCabe lied to internal investigators of the FBI,” Henry said before playing a clip of Comey discussing what he thought of McCabe in a CNN interview.
“I’m conflicted. I like him very much as a person, but sometimes even good people do things they shouldn’t do,” Comey said. “I think it is accountability mechanisms working and they should work because is not acceptable in the FBI or the Justice Department for people to lack candor.”
“Except Comey has been charged with candor problems of his own,” Henry said.
He noted that given the fact that McCabe’s criminal investigation referral is coming from the inspector general’s office, it carries a lot of weight.
Meanwhile, if liberals aren’t reeling enough from that news, MSNBC’s Ari Melber was busy tweeting that a key Obama ally has been taken off Trump’s case. And he called it, “unusual.”
Melber’s tweet sparked a flurry of speculation and skepticism from liberals. It was a rough day for anti-Trumpers.