California Senator Dianne Feinstein has raised concerns that President Donald Trump will try to dismiss Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller, two officials involved in an ongoing probe into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey in May after Rosenstein authored a memo advising him to do so. In separate closed-door meetings with the House and the Senate, Rosenstein said his memo was “not a statement of reasons to justify a for-cause termination”.
In a perplexing series of Friday-morning tweets, President Donald Trump appeared to confirm that he is under investigation by the FBI and levelled a scathing attack against the officials leading the inquiry.
Donald Trump has reportedly been yelling at TV sets in the White House as he becomes “increasingly angry” about an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election.
In an unusual move, Mr Rosenstein issued a statement on Thursday urging caution about reports based on “unnamed sources”.
Trump did not make it clear whom his tweet was referring to. “With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration, there was never a special counsel appointed”, Trump had tweeted.
“Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations”, Rosenstein said.
Trump’s tweets come 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 Post has also reported that Mueller is investigating the business dealings of Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
In light of Trump’s concern about leaks, it’s possible that Rosenstein’s Thursday night statement was aiming to appease a president who has himself often criticized the news media for citing unnamed sources. However, Trump later asserted that he had already made the decision himself to fire Comey.
Trump has vehemently denied any collusion between himself or any of his associates and Russian Federation. “I can go around them”, he tweeted.
The White House has directed questions for details to outside legal counsel, which has not responded.
That includes information about the activities of Trump associates, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, outside adviser Roger Stone and foreign policy aide Carter Page. The transition team was led by Vice President Mike Pence.
Trump hadn’t publicly admitted he was personally under investigation until now.