Rosenstein’s statement read: “Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials, ‘ particularly when they do not identify the country-let alone the branch or agency of government-with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated”.
“Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations”, Mr Rosenstein said.
The president’s tweets followed a report in the Washington Post Wednesday that said the special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the USA election is now also looking at whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.
The Washington Post first reported Wednesday that Mueller’s probe was widening to include looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.
Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit – and potentially end – his presidency.
“I understand there are serious allegations that have been raised”, Rosenstein told a Senate panel earlier this week.
In a May 9 memo, Rosenstein lambasted then-FBI Director James Comey for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight of the probe given his own role in Comey’s firing. The White House initially claimed that Rosenstein’s memo contributed to Trump’s decision to fire Comey.
The Trump administration and its allies are firing back at the torrent of leaks surrounding Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian Federation probe, suggesting the anonymous sources tied to these reports can not be trusted – while calling into question the Mueller team’s neutrality.
Mr Comey testified it would be up to Mr Mueller to decide whether Mr Trump’s action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office. Trump fired Comey in May.
A White House spokeswoman declined to comment and referred questions to Trump’s personal attorney Marc Kasowitz.
Several top intelligence officials have agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s team, according to reports in both The Washington Post and New York Times.
ABC News reported Friday that sources within the Department of Justice said Rosenstein had acknowleged that he could have to recuse himself in a meeting with colleagues.
If that is the case, it could be part of what appears to be a pattern of statements that are meant to back the president.
Trump appears to confirm he is being investigated…
Reporting on what are arguably conversations in the highest possible public concern on the planet is “in every journalist’s interest”, Zucker told Variety, “and we are happy to take the lead on this”.
The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump’s presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking yet more political oxygen out of the West Wing. “We are not aware of any instance when that has occurred”, Pompeo said in a statement.