Trump is accused of firing FBI director James Comey over his refusal to steer the Russian Federation investigation away from former national security advisor and Trump ally Mike Flynn.
This morning, Trump said via his favorite means of communication that he is being investigated by the man who told him to fire the FBI Director.
Top Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein expressed concern that Trump may try to fire both Mueller and Rosenstein, warning “he’s in for a rude awakening” if he thinks he can shut down the investigation.
Trump’s reference of blame is affixed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, crafted a memorandum recommending Comey’s removal.
A second source also told Fox News that Trump was not in fact admitting to being the subject of an active investigation, but rather was referencing content found in a recent article in The Washington Post.
Trump’s young presidency has been battered by allegations – under investigation both by Congress and the FBI – that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favour, in possible collusion with Trump’s campaign team.
Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller – a respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director – has sought to beef up his investigatory firepower. A few moments later, he made her wildest dreams come true.
The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Mueller is investigating possible obstruction of justice by Trump.
The strangest disconnect of the day was among Republicans and Democrats on the intelligence committee who agree that the Russians dangerously interfered with the 2016 election and will do so in future ones, and a White House that has a weird lack of interest in what happened.
As Sessions testified, Trump, who travelled to Wisconsin to discuss a workforce development initiative, declined to answer a reporter’s question about whether he had confidence in his attorney general. Sessions and Trump were reportedly so at odds with Sessions’ recusal from the case that Sessions even tendered his resignation. “Sad!” Mr. Trump said on Twitter.
Rosenstein last month appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller III to oversee the Department of Justice’s Trump-Russia probe following The New York Times’ report about the existence of a memorandum documenting a February meeting with the president in which Comey was allegedly asked to drop the Bureau’s investigation into former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. “That’s undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president’s oath of office”, Feinstein said in a written statement. As the pressure mounts, Trump is defending himself on social media.
Trump has told associates he has the legal authority to fire Mueller.
Trump’s tweets came after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization’s officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.
The highly unusual statement by the deputy attorney general raised the question of whether Trump or some other White House official had asked him to publicly discredit the reports. Trump cited the memo in firing Comey.
The transition order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence’s confirmed that he had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.
President Donald Trump and National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster board Marine One on the South Lawn at the White House Friday morning. He has already been subpoenaed by the House intelligence committee. A former prosecutor, Dowd may be best known to the public for leading investigations on behalf of Major League Baseball, including a probe of allegations of improper gambling by baseball player Pete Rose that preceded Rose’s lifetime ban.