Rosenstein Warns Against Stories Citing Anonymous Sources
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 20:51
The former USA attorney for Maryland is understood to have played a key role in President Donald Trump's dismissal of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, with the White House citing a memo in which Rosenstein raised concerns over Comey's performance.
Is there an investigation?
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.
Mr Trump was not under investigation before Mr Comey's firing, but reportedly is now facing scrutiny for obstruction of justice over the circumstances surrounding the ex-FBI chief's sacking, according to United States media.
The Democratic National Committee said on Friday it saw a need for Rosenstein to recuse himself, but it said control over the investigation should be given to Mueller and not another Trump appointee.
Comey prepared multiple contemporaneous memos documenting conversations with Trump that made him uneasy in the weeks before his May 9 firing.
While a sitting president is unlikely to face criminal prosecution, obstruction of justice could form the basis for impeachment.
Trump's young presidency has been battered by allegations - under investigation both by Congress and the FBI - that Russian Federation interfered to sway the November election in his favour.
In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt on May 11, Trump said he was "going to fire [Comey] regardless of recommendation" from Rosenstein and Sessions.
Mr Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mr Mueller.
Former FBI director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Mueller is now leading the investigation into whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
Mr Rosenstein has said privately he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation probe because he could become a witness in the investigation, ABC News reported on Friday.
It wasn't immediately clear to whom Trump was referring to in his comment "the man who told me to fire" Comey.