Trump tweeted Thursday afternoon. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.
Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation last month, testified to lawmakers Tuesday that he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller and that he is confident that Mueller will have “the full independence he needs” to investigate thoroughly.
About a week after Comey was sacked last month, however, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel at the Justice Department to oversee the federal investigation into Russia’s efforts to meddle in the 2016 US election.
Earlier this month, Rosenstein told The Associated Press 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”.
Trump’s decision to go after Rosenstein sparked widespread speculation in Washington that he may dismiss the deputy attorney general in yet another attempt to get past the Russian Federation investigation, although the likely effect of such a step would be to ignite a new political firestorm and claims that the President is abusing his power and mounting a coverup.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller likely “will be archiving these various Twitter rants as supplemental evidence” for the obstruction investigation, Moss, who also is deputy executive director of the James Madison Project, told VOA.
Trump has been growing increasingly agitated with Rosenstein over the last day or two in private White House meetings and in conversations with friends, multiple people have told CNN.
President Donald Trump continued a campaign on Twitter on Friday against the investigations into possible links between his campaign and Russian Federation.
The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent was not getting the same scrutiny. And though Trump has said that he planned to fire Comey regardless of the recommendation, he appeared to take a shot at his appointee on Twitter on Friday.
“Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great”.
Richard Cullen is a former Virginia attorney general and a former USA attorney for the eastern district of Virginia.
Mueller’s investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials. Mueller also has expansive powers to investigate any matters that develop from his initial investigation.
Comey stated during questioning by Senator Marco Rubio that Trump did not direct the then FBI director to stop the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn ties with Russian Federation, but expressed a wish for the matter to end.
Comey testified last week that he also felt pressured to drop the Flynn probe. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight given his role in Trump’s decision to fire Comey.