The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Mocsow's election-related hacking. "This is just an effort to undermine the credibility of the special counsel". "If that happens Mike Pence will soon become the 46th President".
Mueller reports to Rosenstein on budget and staffing needs for his team.
It's unclear why Rosenstein issued the warning or whether anyone prompted him to do so. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said she was "growing increasingly concerned" that Trump might attempt to fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.
Mueller's investigation also includes the question of whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.
The White House had confirmed that Mr Mueller was among the candidates Mr Trump interviewed to replace Mr Comey. He said this week he had not found reason to do so - making the statement in the days after Trump's friends raised the possibility that the president himself was thinking of "terminating" Mueller.
The point is that Mueller's investigation is broadening, not narrowing.
There were several unconfirmed press reports Friday, citing unnamed sources in the Justice Department, that Rosenstein was preparing to recuse himself. Among other roles, she was an official in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy under George W. Bush. Trump's only recourse is to dismiss Mueller outright. If the dominos continue to fall, one of five assistant attorneys general or the solicitor general would assume the role.
Mr Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia Attorney-General and USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mr Mueller. Boente is serving as the acting head of the Justice Department's national security division. Someone else would have to fill that role. But that doesn't appear to violate any ethics rules, either, Slansky said.
It's the first time Rosenstein has made public comments about the matter. Based in part on the people he is hiring to assist in the probe, some wonder whether he may lean toward a less-than-objective investigation, at the president's expense. "This investigation is so important to our country that it was incumbent on Rosenstein to find someone who would be beyond question or reproach". Meanwhile, no doubt relying on Mueller's sterling reputation, Rosenstein gave the special counsel free rein on staffing. I think Trump sits there and says, let me get this straight, I know I didn't do anything with the Russians.
GOP, Dem governors call for changes in House health bill
But its outline so far is said to resemble a more expansive version of the legislation passed last month by the House. When the leader of the Senate wants to hide major legislation, that's a hint he doesn't think it will be popular.
White House: Trump won't sack special counsel Robert Mueller
Bush administration, offered a careful assessment of the consequences of a Mueller firing early Tuesday on the Lawfare blog. Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard Law professor who headed the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel during the George W.
Trump Confirms He's Under Investigation Over Comey Firing
Rosenstein told a closed session of Congress last month that he learned Comey would be dismissed one day before penning his memo. The memo to former transition team members on Thursday also seeks specific information on five people , the Times reported.
Trump Appears to Confirm He Is Under Federal Investigation
But soon after the abrupt termination, Trump told NBC News that he had been going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendations. Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russian Federation probe since shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.
Scalise on the mend, now in 'serious' condition
Although Scalise was able to talk on the ballfield, by the time he was transported by helicopter to the hospital, he was in shock. The American Hospital Association defines "critical" condition as: "Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits".