Deputy AG warns 'Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations'

Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in May after Rosenstein authored a memo advising him to do so.

"I'm growing increasingly concerned that the president will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller".

Before his dismissal, Comey confirmed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating alleged Russian government efforts to interfere in the election, including any links between Trump's campaign and Moscow.

A US official who is familiar with the rough outlines of the probe and who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters on Thursday that Mueller was also examining whether Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation.

In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt in May, Trump said he made the decision to fire Comey before receiving Rosenstein's letter.

Theoretically, Trump could be saying that Mueller told him to fire Comey, though that makes little sense since Mueller was not part of his administration.

Rosenstein submitted a widely circulated memo to the president last month raising concerns over Comey's performance that Trump cited in his letter dismissing Comey.

An official of Trump's transition confirmed the laywer's internal order sent Thursday.

The Republican president has repeatedly complained about the probe, calling it a witch hunt and saying Democrats can not accept his election victory.

"Let me be very clear here, as it has been since the beginning, the president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction", Sekulow said. These officials claim Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, head of the National Security Agency Adm. Mike Rogers, and Rogers' recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators as soon as this week. On Thursday, Trump took to Twitter to call the probe "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

As head of the FBI, Comey had been leading the investigation until he was sacked by Trump on May 9.

Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month to represent him regarding probes by the special counsel and congressional committees, continued his harsh criticism of the investigations in series of tweets on Friday.

Durbin, speaking on WGN radio, said he hoped the response to Trump firing Mueller would be bipartisan if it occurred.

Vice-President Mike Pence's office said on yesterday he had hired a lawyer known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations to help him with the Russian Federation probes. The Post cited anonymous USA officials familiar with the matter.

  • Larry Hoffman