If President Donald Trump could rid himself of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and special counsel Robert Mueller, the problem of the Russia investigation would finally cease to plague his presidency. And it turns out that the controversial memo likely to be released soon might be Trump's golden ticket to doing just that.
The Post reports in the clearest terms yet why Trump wants to see the Nunes memo released: “According to senior White House officials and advisers,” the president “sees it as key to making changes at the Justice Department — particularly pushing out Rosenstein.” That would be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller investigation. His supposed misconduct is the subject of the memo.
Trump is convinced that the FBI and Mueller are biased against him, and he has told his advisers that the memo will prove this to the people. If he does use the memo to toss Rosenstein out the door, the opportunity to appoint someone more loyal to the president would become a reality.
And according to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) made "material changes" to the memo before handing it over to the White House.
These changes, Schiff argued, were made to the memo that was delivered to the White House after the committee voted for its release, thus rendering the process illegitimate and requiring a new vote on the memo that the White House is currently “reviewing” for release (we already know Trump has decided to release it).
“The saddest thing is, because I am the President of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I’m not supposed to be involved with the FBI. I’m not supposed to be doing the kind of things I would love to be doing. And I am very frustrated by that."
His frustration with the Rosenstein and Mueller could be coming to an end.