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Kellyanne Conway won't say Rod Rosenstein's job is safe

CNN logo CNN 4/16/2018 By Maegan Vazquez, CNN
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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway refused to say Monday whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will keep his job during special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

"Can you assure (the American people) that Rosenstein is safe in this job so there's less turnover and less tumult on something as sensitive as this investigation? Is he safe or not?" CNN "New Day" co-anchor Chris Cuomo asked.

"The President makes the decisions around here. You want to say, 'Kellyanne struggles to answer the question' ... Is your job safe at CNN? How do you know that?" Conway replied.

Last week, multiple sources familiar with discussions told CNN that Trump is considering firing Rosenstein, a move that has gained urgency following last week's FBI raids of the office of the President's personal lawyer.

Such an action could potentially further Trump's goal of trying to put greater limits on special counsel Mueller, whose investigation is overseen by Rosenstein in lieu of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the investigation.

"You want this to be about something other than what the whole day is about here, which is whether or not this President has complied with the investigation that your network and others promised would lead to evidence of collusion between the campaign," Conway said on "New Day," adding that Trump has cooperated fully with Mueller's investigation.

White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway as US President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, February 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images) © SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway as US President Donald Trump speaks to the press in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, February 9, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

CNN reported last week that the White House is preparing talking points designed to undermine Rosenstein's credibility. The plan calls on Trump's allies to cast Rosenstein as too conflicted to fairly oversee the Russia investigation.

A White House spokesperson said at the time that the swipes at Rosenstein were not part of a coordinated communications effort.

CNN's Pamela Brown, Gloria Borger, Evan Perez, Jeff Zeleny, Dana Bash and Dan Merica contributed to this report

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