Trump, via angry tweets, confirms he's under investigation

The Democratic National Committee, in a statement Friday, said that Rosenstein, who has authority over Mueller, needs to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation and that control of the investigation should not be given to another presidential appointee.

Jake [Tapper], Roger Stone, the president's longtime friend and associate told CNN Money earlier today this, "I'd fire Mueller and Rosenstein for wasting the taxpayer's money".

The investigation over possible obstruction of justice just adds to the scandal involving the president, with Donald Trump and his supporters claiming that he is a victim of a "witch hunt" created by his opponents and the so-called "fake news" media.

Mueller, a former FBI director who was named special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation after Comey was sacked, is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Kremlin officials in a bid to tilt the 2016 election in his favour.

On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that Mueller's investigation has now expanded to include potential obstruction of justice by Donald Trump.

Complicating matters further, ABC News reported on Friday that Rosenstein was considering recusing himself from involvement in Mueller's investigation, handing responsibility for resources, personnel and possible prosecutions to associate attorney general Rachel Brand. Trump didn't clarify, but he's likely referring to deputy Attorney General Rod Rosentein, who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller, notes Politico.

The memo that the White House at first said was critical to the decision, before Trump suggested it was irrelevant because his mind was already made up.

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

Comey testified last week that he also felt pressured to drop the Flynn probe. Rosenstein penned a letter outlining why he thought Comey could be let go, a letter the president reportedly asked him to write.

Trump fired Comey in May, just as the FBI was investigating ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign.

Trump's tweet could force Rosenstein's recusal in the Mueller investigation, according to a Bloomberg View article by Harvard law professor Noah Feldman.

The transition order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence's confirmed that he had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.

Before Trump took to Twitter on Friday, Rosenstein on Thursday issued a perplexing statement of his own, denouncing news stories based on anonymous sources.

  • Leroy Wright