Rosenstein may need to recuse himself from Russia probe
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 20:12
And as Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) declared in a tweet Thursday, "If Trump fired Mueller (he'd also have to fire Dep AG Rosenstein), it would be an 11 on the Richter scale of #obstructionofjustice".
Robert Mueller, the special counsel named by the department to investigate the Russian Federation matter, is now examining whether Trump or others sought to obstruct the probe, a person familiar with the inquiry said on Thursday. Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J., where Trump has spent some weekends, also took in $20 million in income. A day later, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel.
In a series of statements on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Trump repeated his claim that the investigation is based on the "phony" premise of possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump campaign associates.
Mr Rosenstein took over the investigation into whether Russian Federation tried to tip the United States election in favour of Mr Trump after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a statement.
"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired". "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office".
At a congresional hearing last week, Comey confirmed that he told Trump three times that Trump was not being investigated as part of the Russia-collusion probe, and Trump tweeted "total and complete vindication" at that time. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who said she's anxious that the President will try to fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.
Special Counsel Mueller was reportedly planning to interview intelligence officials on whether Mr Trump got rid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, in May to hamper an inquiry into his sacked national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
This isn't the first report to suggest that the presidency was taking an unexpected toll on Trump.
The president launched his latest tweetstorm Friday morning, during which he once again blasted the mainstream media, described the probes of his administration as a "witch hunt" and seemingly confirmed that he is now under investigation.
The most important takeaway from the president's tweet, Gergen continued, "is that the president has launched a campaign to discredit the special counsel and to discredit the investigations".