Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Health Care | By Jeffery Armstrong

Russian Federation inquiry: I'm under investigation

Russian Federation inquiry: I'm under investigation

A defiant Mr Trump at many times on Thursday expressed his frustration with reports about the expansion of Mr Mueller's probe, tweeting that he is the subject of "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history", and one that he said is being led by "some very bad and conflicted people".

Two days ago, Trump tweeted that he is "being investigated for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director by the man who told me to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director!" And Trump himself took aim at the senior Justice Department official responsible for appointing Mueller, accusing him on Twitter of leading a "Witch Hunt".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has privately told colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the Russian Federation probe, according to ABC News.

The Tweet begs the question: Is Trump confirming he IS under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for allegedly trying to interfere in the investigation that was being conducted by former FBI director James Comey, who he later fired?

Mr. Rosenstein took over the investigation into whether Russian Federation tried to tip the U.S election in favour of Mr. Trump after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March. "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations".

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is overseeing the Russian Federation probe - and Special Counsel Robert Mueller reports to him. After the statement, the Post updated the Kushner article so that its first sourcing reference was to "U.S. officials".

Rosenstein wrote a memo last month noting concerns about Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation that the White House initially used to justify the removal of the FBI director.

The FBI and Congress are both looking at whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the alleged Kremlin plot.

"Just appeared on FOX News".

The Justice Department on Friday said any such of consideration of recusal was premature.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday that she is "increasingly concerned" that Trump will try to fire Rosenstein and Mueller.

Tim Maloney, a Maryland lawyer who has worked with Rosenstein, said he is going to handle the decision of whether to recuse himself in the oversight of the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation "by the book". "Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law". Or Rosenstein might seek to forestall such a confrontation by recusing himself from further involvement in the Mueller-led probe, on the grounds that his own actions in firing Comey were now a subject of the investigation. They are building a case for firing Mueller.

"The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to The Washington Post", Sekulow told NBC television's Meet the Press.

"I appointed him. I stand by that decision", Rosenstein said. "However, nothing has changed". ABC News reported that Rosenstein had already notified Brand that she would take over if he did so.

Why would Rosenstein have to recuse himself?

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The New York Times reported that former members of Trump's transition team were given "preservation orders" Thursday to safeguard documents, including electronic records like email, related to the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday.

There is wide consensus that Trump is not doing himself any legal favors by repeatedly referring to it on Twitter.

The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.

They have tried to highlight the positive reviews he received on Wednesday when he made a statesman-like appearance in the White House to address the nation after House of Representatives Republican whip Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice.

The point is that Mueller's investigation is broadening, not narrowing.

It directs recipients to turn over relevant documents to the presidential transition team.

The White House has directed questions for details to outside legal counsel, which has not responded.

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