Witch Hunt! : Trump tweets he is under FBI investigation
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 8:52
The tweet was not confirmation that the president or his attorney has been informed by the Department of Justice or Mueller that Trump is the subject of an investigation. Thursday night, Rosenstein issued an unusual statement complaining about leaks in the case.
There is also no rule barring such donations, said David Alan Sklansky, a criminal procedure professor at Stanford University.
Dianne Feinstein, the leading Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has already said that she is "increasingly concerned" that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office". The attorney general was at a White House meeting when the notification came from Rosenstein, prompting the enraged President to scold the attorney general for the turn of events.
The Post's information on Coats is based on anonymous sources who claimed Trump asked Coats whether he could ask Comey to back off the FBI's focus on Flynn. But soon after the abrupt termination, Trump told NBC News that he had been going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendations.
And now, Trump's tweet seems to confirm Mueller is investigating the president.
The tweets came shortly after Rosenstein issued his unusual statement that appeared to be warning about the accuracy of such reports. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. Racist Beanie Baby Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump Jr., who does not know how to use a chair, reportedly support the decision.
A day later, Mr Rosenstein appointed Mr Mueller, who was at the helm of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the September 11 attacks, as special counsel.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from anything related to the Russian collusion allegations, though he still endorsed Rosenstein's letter.
Mr Rosenstein has previously said 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".
The memo sent Thursday asks for records related to foreign travel, contacts with Russian "officials, agents or nationals" and background investigations into the top Trump associates now targeted by Mueller's probe. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff.
The White House has directed questions for details to outside legal counsel, which has not responded.
A career prosecutor who entered the administration with a reputation as a meticulous, nonpartisan lawyer, Rosenstein has been buffeted in his short time on the job by political storms - and now the extraordinary spectacle of being singled out on social media by the president.
The memo, from the transition team's general counsel's office, is another indication that Mueller is casting a wide net in his inquiry into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow.
Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, also has retained an attorney to represent him.
Cohen has worked for Trump since the mid-2000s and was active in the campaign.
If Rosenstein recuses himself from oversight of the special counsel investigation, that role would fall to the Justice Department's No. 3 official, newly confirmed Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.
President Donald Trump put fresh pressure on the second-highest-ranking official at the Justice Department on Friday, raising concerns among the president's critics that Rod Rosenstein could be in danger of being fired, while others argued that if he stays he should recuse himself from his role overseeing the special-counsel probe that has engulfed the White House.
The Democratic National Committee called on Mr Rosenstein to recuse himself from the Russian Federation matter, but it said authority over the investigation should be given to Mr Mueller and not another Trump appointee. Mueller has not made any public comments about Comey amid the firestorm.