Dem 'concerned' Trump will fire investigators
- Author: Zachary Reyes Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 17:54
The president watches hours of TV news coverage every day - especially morning shows, which he sometimes records and watches in the evening - and complains about the reports nonstop.
"That is a great, great team of complete professionals, so let's let him do his job", former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who investigated President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, told ABC News. While the investigation had originally been focused on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, the Post reported, the obstruction inquiry began after Trump fired Comey.
Rosenstein has authority over the inquiry because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself on March 2 after revelations of previously undisclosed meetings with Russia's ambassador to Washington while he was a Trump campaign adviser.
President Donald Trump, who has contradicted top aides about his firing of FBI Director James Comey, on Friday fired off a tweet at odds with his own statements about the decision that triggered a special counsel probe.
Trump, meanwhile, offered even more critical words on Twitter regarding the Russian probe on Friday.
The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Mocsow's election-related hacking.
The latest social media outburst by the president on his personal Twitter account came after a Washington Post report that Mueller is looking into the financial transactions of Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is a senior adviser to the president.
"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", Rosenstein said. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations", Rosenstein said in his statement.
Where is Rod Rosenstein's overdue statement responding to the President's repeated attacks on his appointment of Robert Mueller?
The probe is being led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Rosenstein. I agree with the almost unanimous opinions of former Department officials.
It's unclear why Rosenstein issued the warning or whether anyone prompted him to do so.
USA employers pulled back on hiring in May by adding only 138,000 jobs, though the gains were enough to help nudge the unemployment rate down to a 16 year-low.
"What I did is I was going to fire Comey".
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was "increasingly concerned" that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.
In this last tweet, Trump was referring to a memo written by Rosenstein that was intensely critical of Comey and implicitly recommended his removal.
If Trump ordered Brand to fire Mueller and she refused, the responsibility to oversee the special counsel would fall to Dana Boente, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to a presidential executive order.