'I am being investigated for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director'
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 3:09
Trump has denied any involvement with Russian Federation, tweeting that the accusations are "phony" and all part of some silly "witch hunt". He decried a "witch hunt" that he said is being "led by some very bad and conflicted people!"
A Trump confidant said this week the president had considered firing Mueller.
Oddly enough, Boente was acting deputy attorney general when Sessions recused himself, and until Rosenstein was appointed.
Citing unidentified "officials", The Post reported Mueller's probe has taken a dramatic turn.
Mr. Trump's morning tweets included what seemed like a jab at former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the new Special Counsel for the Russian Federation probe, as he said the investigation was being "led by some very bad and conflicted people!"
Though Rosenstein's statement did not reference the Russian Federation investigation specifically, it was released hours after the Washington Post reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Jared Kushner - Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law - over his finances and business dealings.
"We do not know what this report refers to", Gorelick told the Post. Mueller also has expansive powers to investigate any matters that develop from his initial investigation.
"We'll be meeting with him in the next few days". Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, said.
Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month regarding the probe, kept up his criticism of the investigation.
The New York Times reported that former members of Trump's transition team were given "preservation orders" Thursday to safeguard documents, including electronic records like email, related to the ongoing Russian Federation investigation. "The continued illegal leaks are the only crime here". It was not clear whether these records would be sought by Mueller, or the various Senate and House committees investigating alleged Russian interference in the United States election, or all of these.
"I appointed him; I stand by that decision, " he said.
Rosenstein addressed dealing with political considerations around investigations during an interview with ABC2 News in Baltimore earlier this year, arguing that "it is not difficult" for him to separate politics and the way he prosecutes cases.
As reports of Trump's desire to fire the special counsel emerged earlier this week, Rosenstein appeared to be trying to thread the needle between demonstrating that his integrity was intact and avoiding further antagonizing the president. A Justice Department spokesman didn't rule out that possibility Friday, saying, "As the Deputy Attorney General has said numerous times, if there comes a point where he needs to recuse, he will".
However, Senator Marco Rubio told CNN he does not think Mueller will be fired, but acknowledge he did not think Comey would be axed either. Trump said the move was meant to restore "public trust and confidence" in the bureau. Trump's only recourse is to dismiss Mueller outright. Then they thought at least they could deflect questions to Trump (who in turn would direct questions to his high-octane lawyer Marc Kasowitz) or to the special counsel.