Trump lawyers show their cards — and call for ‘time out’ in Mueller probe if Rosenstein’s canned
Rudy Giuliani (ABC/screen grab)

While there are conflicting reports about whether deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is going to be fired or not, it seems that Trump lawyers Jay Sekulow and Rudy Giuliani are already angling to cripple special counsel Robert Mueller's probe in the event that he is.

The Daily Beast reports that Sekulow said on his radio show Monday that the Mueller investigation should be given a "time out" if Rosenstein either stepped down or resigned.

"If in fact Rod Rosenstein does end up resigning today, I think it clearly becomes necessary and appropriate... that there be a step back taken here, and a review, a review that has to be thorough and complete... and basically a time out on this inquiry," he said.

In an interview with the Daily Beast, Giuliani backed up Sekulow's analysis and told the publication that "he agrees with Sekulow’s call for a cessation of the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, in the event of Rosenstein’s ouster."

The White House on Monday afternoon issued a statement saying that Rosenstein was not being fired at the moment, and that the president and Rosenstein would talk about the situation on Thursday.