Pittsburgh police ordered to bring riot gear in case Trump fires Mueller

Trump is also considering axing Rosenstein as a way to limit Mueller's investigation, multiple people familiar with the discussions told CNN. One person said Trump doesn't want to take any action that would drag out the investigation.

Trump, who still hasn't ruled out removing Rosenstein and Mueller at some point, signaled his shift in approach to them Wednesday, responding to a reporter's question about their fate by saying they are "still here".

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

Trump's frustration at the months-long probe led by Mueller was evident. A spokesperson for Manafort declined to comment.

Based on this information, beginning tomorrow, April 19, 2018, all Major Crimes detectives are required to bring a full uniform and any issued protective equipment (riot gear) with them to work until further notice.

Dreeben said the special counsel's office was supposed to operate independently of day-to-day oversight from the Justice Department, while also complying with requirements to report back to the Justice Department official in charge - in this case, Rosenstein, since Attorney General Jeff Sessions is recused - in order to ensure accountability.

"We may be needed to assist in the event that there is a large scale protest", Joseph added in the email.

On its webpage, "Nobody is Above the Law" warned that "Donald Trump could be preparing to put himself above the law". McConnell said it's not necessary since Trump won't fire Mueller.

Mueller or Rosenstein being fired has spurred members of Congress to push for legislation to protect the special counsel. Dreeben - the deputy U.S. solicitor general, who is also working with Mueller's office - replied that the language reflected that the objective of an investigation was to move forward and uncover new evidence. The awkward episode continued Tuesday, with a White House official saying Haley may have been confused, and the blunt USA diplomat disputing that characterization.

Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is believed to have served as a "back channel" between the presidential campaign and Russian Federation, a lawyer for Trump's Department of Justice disclosed Thursday.

Trump may not officially be a target, but Mueller hasn't ruled out making him one at some point in the future, according to a United States official with knowledge of the unfolding investigation.

Rosenstein, the Justice Department's No. 2 official, inherited the oversight of the special counsel's probe into Russian Federation and any potential links it had with Trump campaign associates. "We want to get the investigations over with, done with, behind us", the president said at a joint press conference in Florida with the visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

  • Rogelio Becker