Trump 'has no qualms' about throwing Rosenstein 'under the bus,' says source
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 17:54
Given that every morning brings with it some new Trump scandal, one could be excused for not realizing that Trump has yet to be actively investigated.
Trump said on Friday in a Twitter post that he was being investigated "for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" The deputy attorney general recently informed colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation, ABC News reported Friday. If Mueller is focused on the Comey firing as a potential obstruction of justice, he would want or maybe need to know the details of how Trump interacted with Rosenstein around that decision.
The U.S. television network ABC, citing unnamed sources, reported that Rosenstein had informed Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand that he may have to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigations as well, because of his memo to Trump about Comey. In his Senate testimony this week, Rosenstein said he hadn't seen any cause to fire Mueller so far. And second, said Nichols, the tweet appears to be Trump "attacking the Justice Department". If Mueller is, in fact, investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, Rosenstein is likely to be a person of interest in that inquiry.
Mueller's office has informed a range of officials they 'have a duty to preserve any physical and electronic records that may be related in any way to the subject matter of the pending investigations, ' the New York Times reported, quoting from a memo from the transition team counsel's office. Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and us attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mueller.
Mr Trump's tweets came after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organisation's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe. "Nearly everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives", Rosenstein said in his memo. He seems to be confirming he's under investigation for the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
So Rosenstein will have to recuse himself. And Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized his use of Twitter, particularly amid the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election. She graduated from Harvard Law School and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to the Justice Department. She was appointed to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight board in 2012 by President Obama, then appointed to the associate attorney general position by Trump.
In short, Brand's a first-class conservative Washington lawyer, but not a prosecutor.
Trump has told associates he has the legal authority to fire Mueller. "It could be a prelude to firing the special counsel".
Not that this is a choice Brand would relish.
The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump's presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking yet more political oxygen out of the West Wing.