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Jeff Sessions has recently declared that he may leave his role as Attorney General if US President Donald Trump fires his colleague, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to the Washington Post. Another source told the Post that Sessions did not want to threaten the White House so much as explain that it would make his position untenable.

Trump has repeatedly said that he had no plans to fire Rosenstein or Mueller, telling reporters at Mar-a-Lago on Wednesday: "They've been saying I'm going to get rid of them for the last three months, four months, five months - and they're still here".

Reports Friday said Sessions made the comments to the White House Counsel last weekend.

The change in attitude by the President comes after weeks of attacks on the special counsel and the Justice Department, raising questions about whether he might take drastic steps to shut down the probe.

Amid tonight's big North Korea news, another behind-the-scenes from the White House dropped, this one concerning the potential firing of Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein.

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As the head of the Russian Federation investigation, Rosenstein's firing could open a path for a new deputy attorney general who would be willing to close the probe that special counsel Robert Mueller is conducting.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017. Those calls have only intensified, as Robert Mueller's investigation has tightened around several key officials within the Trump orbit.

"This is all Trump trying to move the ball", the source told Axios, "and he thinks by having substitutions and additional players he'll do that".

"As far as the investigation, nobody has ever been more transparent", he said during a news conference with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


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