Justice Department Says Rod Rosenstein Isn't Recusing Himself From Russia Investigation

His latest tweets follow a report this week in The Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election is looking into whether the president attempted to obstruct justice.

She also echoed concern that the president will try to fire Mueller and Rosenstein. That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office.

Rosenstein brought up the possibility of recusing himself during a meeting with the Justice Department's third-in-command - behind Sessions and Rosenstein - Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, ABC News reported.

Trump's friend Newt Gingrich - who is out with a new book titled "Understanding Trump" - is among those raising questions about the "anti-Trump" focus of Mueller's investigation.

Trump, in a series of morning tweets, reverted back to the tone that won him the White House, slamming the investigation a day after he called for unity in the wake of a shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice that injured several people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Thursday, Trump griped he was receiving unfair treatment from investigators compared with his election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Trump also highlighted his frustration by claiming accomplishments that he insists have been overshadowed by the probe and its massive fallout. They are former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, his business partner Rick Gates, a national security adviser Carter Page, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and informal Trump adviser Roger Stone.

Pence has seldom addressed the Russian Federation issue, which has overshadowed Trump's White House agenda.

President Trump is tweeting his displeasure with the direction of the Russian Federation probe, which reportedly is now veering into an obstruction of justice investigation. The memo asks for preservation of electronic communications and data, telephone logs, audio recordings, videos, calendars and other items.

Hours later, a source close to Mr Trump's outside legal team said Mr Trump did not intend his tweet to be confirmation of the investigation but rather was reacting to a Washington Post story on Wednesday about the probe.

- "Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" But that message was overshadowed by a tweet storm in which he appeared to confirm for the first time that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice.

He had likened the appointment of the special counsel with the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".

  • Leroy Wright