The nice things Trump and others said about Rod Rosenstein
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 7:09
Trump's tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.
Kushner and other Trump business associates are being looked at in the investigation, according to a new report.
Trump's tweets came after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.
Trump's tweets are the latest - and most direct - attacks on the leader of an investigation that he insists is unnecessary and distracting. The said allegation, if proven true, can lead to Donald Trump's impeachment.
Rosenstein's statement followed two articles by The Washington Post that cited unnamed officials, one saying that Mueller's investigation had widened to include whether Trump committed obstruction of justice, the other that it was looking at financial transactions involving Jared Kushner, the President's adviser and son-in-law.
Earlier this month, Rosenstein told The Associated Press that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will".
Trump's surrogates have launched a broad campaign to discredit Mueller, claiming conflicts of interest and that he has been bringing on prosecutors who have supported Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
"The message the President is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", she added. Some news organizations reported that Trump was considering firing Mueller in the wake of these revelations.
Those disclosures - paired with Comey's testimony under oath before the Senate last week that Trump had asked him for loyalty and tried, in Comey's estimation, to cultivate an inappropriate relationship - raise the question of whether the president was attempting to influence an ongoing investigation, which could constitute obstruction of justice.
The White House confirmed Mr Mueller was among the candidates the president interviewed to replace Mr Comey.
Mueller has assembled a high-powered team of top investigators and leading experts, including seasoned attorneys who've represented major American companies in court and who have worked on cases ranging from Watergate to the Enron fraud scandal. Trump initially used that memo along with a recommendation from Sessions to justify firing Comey.
Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, invoked Watergate to remind Congress the stakes.
Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday hired his own lawyer to represent him in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.
Trump did not directly address the allegations that he is being probed for possibly obstructing justice-a potentially impeachable offense.
He wrote in multiple social media posts that he views Mueller - a long-serving former Federal Bureau of Investigation director respected by both parties - as leading a biased probe with the singular aim of dislodging Trump.
Shortly after Trump fired Comey, a Justice Department official tapped Mueller to take up the investigation as a special counsel.
On June 15, The Wall Street Journal learned from an anonymous official familiar with the investigation that there existed an NSA memo detailing Trump's request that the agency publicly announce that there was no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian intelligence, Newsweek reports.
After the "mother of all bombs" was deployed to fight ISIS in Afghanistan in April, a U.S. Central Command spokesman appeared to affirm Trump's aggressive statements against the Islamic State.