On Monday, the FBI raided the office and hotel room of Mr. Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen. Evidence was seized that included client communications with Trump. It was later revealed that they were looking for records about payments to two women who claim they have had affairs with Trump.
In addition, and what perhaps may have come as a shock to some, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was responsible for authorizing the FBI raid. Trump appointed Rosenstein himself and a source has come forward to say that now he is considering firing him after what the president probably considers the ultimate betrayal. It should be noted though that Rosenstein’s actions in this situation are unique because getting the Justice Department involved signals that the evidence must be quite significant.
As far as firing Rosenstein, CNN reports:
‘This is one of several options — including going so far as to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions — Trump is weighing in the aftermath of the FBI’s decision Monday to raid the office of Michael Cohen, the President’s personal lawyer and longtime confidant. Officials say if Trump acts, Rosenstein is his most likely target, but it’s unclear whether even such a dramatic firing like this would be enough to satisfy the President.’
Trump’s anger towards Justice Department officials has been growing due to the Mueller probe as he feels they have not done enough to protect him from it. However, Monday’s raid may tip Trump past the breaking point, fueling him to take more action towards Special Counsel Robert Mueller. It is well-known that Trump wants to fire Mueller, but has been advised not to by both Republicans and Democrats.
According to CNN:
‘Firing Mueller could throw Trump’s presidency into crisis and not all of Trump’s legal advisers are on board. One source said Rosenstein wouldn’t be fired. But some of Trump’s legal advisers are telling him they now have a stronger case against Rosenstein. They believe Rosenstein crossed the line in what he can and cannot pursue. And they consider him conflicted since he is a potential witness in the special counsel’s investigation because he wrote the memo that justified firing former FBI Director James Comey. The legal advisers also believe they have successfully argued to the American public that the FBI is tainted and think they can make the same case against Rosenstein.’
‘A person familiar with the conversations says a top congressional Republican advised the White House not to fire Rosenstein.’
‘I haven’t had any conversations with him on that. I can’t speak to it beyond that.’
‘He certainly believes he has the power to do so.’