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Russian Federation inquiry: I'm under investigation

19 June 2017, 12:44 | Rudolph Thomas

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Mr Rosenstein played a part in the dismissal of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey who was sacked by Mr Trump in May.

Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor appointed to investigate ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, is about to get medieval on the president.

He said: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

In May, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel to lead the probe.

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.



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