They argue the authorization in last May's order by Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein is so broad it violates the department regulation governing the special counsel, which they contend required a "specific factual description" of the matter to be investigated.
The deputy AG's unprompted revelation to Trump came a week ago during a meeting at the White House.
"Trump doesn't know exactly what to do with [Rosenstein]". "They don't have a clean way to get rid of him".
Griffin said one reason Trump is being treated as a subject, rather than a target, may be that Rosenstein is operating under assumption that a sitting president can not be indicted.
The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, blocked bipartisan legislation that would make it harder for Trump to fire Mueller, calling it unnecessary because he doesn't believe Trump will move to fire the special counsel.
While Rosenstein and Mueller's communication about the Russian Federation probe may help the special counsel's office defend its criminal case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Mueller's team is also indirectly pushing back against the President and Republicans' assertions that the investigation is rogue and corrupt. "We want to get the investigations over with, done with, behind us", the president said at a joint press conference in Florida with the visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
In Ukraine, Manafort worked on behalf of then-President Viktor Yanukovych, who was backed by Russia, and had personal business dealings with Russian aluminum magnate Oleg Deripaska.
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According to Bloomberg, which first reported on Dreeben's remarks, federal prosecutors defended Mueller's right to investigate Manafort's pre-campaign ties to Russian Federation as part of the investigation in an April 2 filing.
"That's what Meadows and Jordan are doing", the source said.
The event gives some breathing room for Mr. Mueller, as well as Mr. Rosenstein, who has been criticized strongly by House Republicans for being slow to comply with requests for classified documents. Trump may not officially be a target, but Mueller hasn't ruled out making him one at some point in the future, according to a USA official with knowledge of the unfolding investigation.
"The way it's been characterized by senior administration officials is that the president is frustrated and casting about", the source said.
"He's upset - and the way he thinks more will happen is if new people are brought onto the scene".
Now with longtime Trump friend and surrogate Rudy Giuliani's joining the Trump legal team, he will be part of all negotiations with Mueller's office going forward.