>> US Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, told President Trump last week that he is not a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. That's according to a source close to the probe, and since the April 12th conversation with Rosenstien, who was seen leaving the white house the same day.
Trump told advisors that he was not inclined to seek the ouster of either man, since he is not the target of Mueller's probe. That inclination was perceptible at a joint press conference with Japan's prime minister Wednesday night. When Trump was asked about the possibility of removing the special counsel.
>> Have you concluded that it's not worth the political fallout to remove either special counsel Mueller or deputy attorney general Rosenstein?>> 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. So we wanna get the investigation over with.
>> Still, lawmakers on Capitol Hill aren't taking any chances. Republican Chuck Grassley, the Senate judiciary committee Chairman confirmed on Thursday that his committee will vote on a bill next week that protects Robert Mueller from being fired by the President despite opposition from the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell.
Who said earlier in the week, quote, we'll not be having this on the floor of the Senate. McConnell also said he wouldn't bring the bipartisan bill for a vote even if it's approved by the judiciary committee. At a meeting on Thursday, Grassley said, quote, obviously the views of the majority leader are important to consider.
But they do not govern what happens here on the judiciary committee. Mueller is investigating possible collusion between Russia and Trump's presidential campaign. A lawyer for Trump announced Thursday evening that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a one time Federal prosecutor is joining the personal legal team for Trump that is dealing with Mueller's investigation.
The legislation to protect Mueller was co authored by Republican Senators, Thom Tillis and Lindsey Graham and Democrats Chris Coons and Cory Booker. The bill would make it harder for Trump to remove the special counsel by allowing Mueller to seek a judicial review if the president ever fired him