Here's how Rod Rosenstein convinced Trump not to fire Mueller — for now
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. (Shane T. McCoy / US Marshals)

In conversations with President Donald Trump, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein volunteered that the president is not a target of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation — and helped prevent his own firing or that of the special counsel.


Bloomberg News reported that two sources familiar with the conversation said Rosenstein "brought up the Mueller probe himself" during a White House conversation last Thursday.

"After the meeting," the report continued, "Trump told some of his closest advisers that it’s not the right time to remove either man since he’s not a target of the probe. One person said Trump doesn’t want to take any action that would drag out the investigation."