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Apr 22, 1:43 PM EDT

White House: No plans by Trump to fire Mueller, Rosenstein

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says President Donald Trump has no intention of firing special counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

White House legislative director Marc Short said Sunday he has no reason to believe they would be removed despite Trump's increasing agitation over Mueller's probe into his campaign's ties to Russia. Rosenstein oversees that investigation.

Complaining of a media fixation, Short tells NBC: "It's like there's an hourglass waiting there to see, OK, when's he going to fire Rosenstein? When's he going to fire Mueller? ... As far as I know, the president has no intention of firing these individuals."

Short says he can't rule it out in the long term, though, because it's not known "how far off this investigation is going to veer."

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