Deputy AG might recuse himself from Russia probe

Ebony Scott
June 18, 2017

The Washington Post reported this week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was also investigating the president for possible obstruction of justice, citing unnamed sources, a development that Mr Trump appeared to confirm in his Friday morning tweet.

Reports in USA media said senior intelligence officials would be interviewed on whether Mr Trump tried to end an inquiry into his sacked National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and about the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey.

Although he didn't name anyone, Trump appeared to be pointing the finger at Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who began overseeing the Russian Federation investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it.

US President Donald Trump on Friday said that he was being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey last month.

Mueller is the person Rosenstein appointed to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

The White House referred to Trump's outside legal counsel when asked if the president was specifically referring to Rosenstein.

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At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers refused to say whether Trump asked them to intervene in the investigation, which is also examining whether the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian Federation during last year's presidential campaign.

"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired. Witch Hunt", Mr. Trump tweeted in an apparent reference to Mr. Rosenstein.

Earlier today, Trump spoke in Miami to announce the rollback of President Obama's relaxed trade and travel policies toward Cuba. Trump said on Twitter, appearing to refer to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein finds himself in a spot as he could face the President anger or answer questions about his own future role supervising Mueller when he could become a witness in the special counsel's probe.

United States media had reported that Trump is personally being probed.

The Twitter attacks came as vice president Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.

He also has millions of followers on his official Facebook pages.

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