Donald Trump asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if he was “on my team” during a December 2017 meeting centered around document requests from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, CNN reports.
Rosenstein “appeared surprised” by Trump’s questions, according to CNN.
“Of course, we’re all on your team, Mr. President,” Rosenstein reportedly replied.
Rosenstein was meeting with Trump in an effort to garner the president’s support to fight a request by Nunes to access sensitive documents from the Justice Department. Nunes was seeking the documents to bolster allegations of improper surveillance on behalf of the FBI and DOJ.
As CNN reports, Trump seemed to care more about the status of the ongoing special counsel investigation than he did about Nunes’ requests.
News of Trump’s request to Rosenstein follows reports the president asked former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe who he voted for in the 2016 presidential election. James Comey likewise testified Trump asked him for loyalty before he abruptly fired the former FBI Director in May 2017.