The knives come out for Rod Rosenstein as Trump’s most volatile instincts face little resistance

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President Donald Trump, furious over the Michael Cohen raids and surrounded by few moderating voices to control his instincts, appears to be on the cusp of firing deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.
Trump has been simmering at Rosenstein for months, but he reportedly viewed the FBI’s raid of his longtime lawyer as a personal affront and a politically motivated hit job.
The president’s fury is compounded by his decision to surround himself with those who cater to his most rash impulses.

President Donald Trump has come unhinged after the FBI raided the offices and home of his longtime lawyer Michael Cohen.

The next person to likely face the chopping block: deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

The president’s frustration with Rosenstein, attorney general Jeff Sessions, and other top Department of Justice officials is not new. But his animosity toward Rosenstein, in particular, has taken on a new significance as Trump relies increasingly on loyalists, like the conservative firebrands Sean Hannity and Joseph diGenova, and shuns others who may guard against his worst instincts.

Trump was reportedly enraged after it surfaced that FBI agents working for the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York raided Cohen’s property Monday morning, seizing electronic devices, personal financial records, and attorney-client communications between Trump and Cohen.

The Southern District of New York reportedly initiated the Cohen raids upon receiving a referral from the special counsel Robert Mueller after he likely uncovered evidence of potential wrongdoing related to Cohen that fell outside the purview of his investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 US election and the Trump campaign’s possible involvement.

Cohen has been referred to at different times as Trump’s fixer, “pit bull,” and consigliere. In addition to facing legal scrutiny for possible bank fraud and campaign finance violations, Cohen is a subject of interest in at least four investigative threads related to Trump. As the president’s right-hand man, Cohen also has intimate knowledge of Trump’s most closely guarded secret: his personal finances.

Trump reacted to news of the raids on Monday by lashing out at top DOJ and FBI officials and described the investigations as a “TOTAL WITCH HUNT” in an early-morning tweet on Tuesday. In addition to publicly fuming about the news, Trump also privately began wondering whether he should fire Rosenstein, The New York Times reported.

The president’s fury ratcheted up another notch when it emerged that Rosenstein …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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