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Trump appears to become own 'leaker' with tweet about Russia probe

Trump appears to become own 'leaker' with tweet about Russia probe

A Justice Department official - who declined to speak on the record - told CNN that the White House didn't order Rosenstein's statement.

The "man" President Trump is referring to is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a letter recommending Comey be fired. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote.

However, it is likely that he was tweeting about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, or Mueller who is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing ex-FBI Director James Comey last month amid the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

The Washington Post on Wednesday reported that Mueller is investigating the Republican president for possible obstruction of justice. The source spoke on condition of anonymity.

Tensions are building inside the Justice Department as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein contemplates whether he will become a witness in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States elections.

If Rosenstein recuses himself, supervision of the Mueller probe would be left to Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, a Harvard law graduate who clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and ran the Office of Legal Policy at the Justice Department.

Feinstein noted that Trump does not actually have the authority to fire Mueller, and that any effort to appoint a replacement for Rosenstein with an eye toward shutting down the investigation would result in a "rude awakening" for the President.

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Trump admitted in an interview with NBC News' Lester Holt days after Comey's ousting on May 9 that the Russian Federation investigation influenced his decision to terminate him. In a letter to Trump, Sessions called for a "fresh start" at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and recommended Comey's removal. If Trump is found guilty of obstruction of justice, that would likely be grounds for impeachment. Terming Comey's allegations untrue, Trump later said he was willing to testify under oath. A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment for the Guardian, and a spokesman for Trump's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

Although Rosenstein appointed a special counsel to lead the federal probe, he still makes the final decisions about resources, personnel and - if necessary - any prosecutions.

"She added that she was "increasingly concerned" Mr Trump will fire both [investigative special counsel] Robert Mueller and Rosenstein".

Comey was sacked by the president on May 9 while he was overseeing the investigation into potential Russian interference into last year's election and potential collusion with the Trump presidential campaign.

Moscow has denied any interference.

It shows why everyone inside the White House wants this jackass to stay off Twitter.

Days after Comey was abruptly ousted, Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.


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