In his opening monologue, Sean Hannity called on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to rein in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.
"The president has sent messages back and forth", Dowd told the newspaper, without providing more detail. "He asked me to share that with him and that's what I've done". Trump has called the probe a "witch hunt", saying it has left a "cloud" over his administration. Mr. Mueller's recently reported impaneling of a grand jury in Washington does not guarantee that it will happen again, or even that anyone will be indicted.
Dowd also rejected the idea, boosted by some in the media, that Trump was considering firing Mueller.
Hannity said Rosenstein, who talked to Chris Wallace this past weekend, has "turned a blind eye" to Mueller's "massive conflicts of interest", including his close friendship with former FBI Director James Comey.
Trump came under fire previously for a conversation with Comey in which he asked him to end his investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
As far as the president eventually firing Mueller, that looks to be out the window, at least for now.
"That's never been on the table, never", said Dowd. Trump might very well be sending unrequited requests to Mueller - though I doubt they are as warm and fluffy as Dowd is implying. At press time, Mueller was rescheduling his return flight back to America to fit in a few days of scuba diving and parasailing in the French Riviera.