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Trump could force out Rosenstein, fail to stop Russian Federation probe

18 June 2017, 02:27 | Lucia Cruz

One lawyer who knows Rosenstein well told Politico that the deputy AG is "furious" and "amazed" at Trump's tweet, in which #45 confirms he's under investigation for obstruction of justice and accuses Rosenstein of being responsible for James Comey's firing and therefore incapable of managing the probe. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffDem: Congress will begin impeachment if Trump fires Mueller, Rosenstein House Russia probe considers expanding to Trump digital director: report Top Intel Dem: Congress won't allow Trump to "so egregiously overstep his authority" MORE (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday that Congress would "unite to stop [Trump] if he tried to fire the two men".

Trump really outdid himself there by managing to lie twice in the confines of 140 characters: Rosenstein isn't investigating him, Mueller is; and by Trump's own account, he had made a decision to fire Comey long before Rosenstein authored a memo that the White House originally said initiated Comey's downfall.

She's the associate attorney general, which makes her third in command at the Justice Department behind Rosenstein and Sessions.

Aides repeatedly deflected questions about the probe and Vice-President Mike Pence acknowledged hiring a private lawyer to handle fallout from investigations into Russian election meddling.

To read this article in one of Houston's most-spoken languages, click on the button below. Mueller may want to learn about Trump's conversations with Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who wrote the memo criticizing Comey's performance before his firing on May 9. Rosenstein, who would be responsible for actually dismissing Mueller, told U.S. lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause.

On Friday morning, Trump, in a tweet, appeared to be attacking Rosenstein.

In the statement, Rosenstein wrote that "Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials, ' particularly when they do not identify the country - let alone the branch or agency of government - with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated".

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"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", Rosenstein said. If Rosenstein were out of the picture, responsibility for overseeing Mueller's investigation - and deciding his fate - would fall to Rachel Brand, the department's associate attorney general.

Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russian Federation probe since shortly after Sessions recused himself.

Why would Rosenstein have to recuse himself?

. However, the Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior said Friday Rosenstein sees no reason at this point to recuse himself, however, adding, "As the deputy attorney general has said numerous times, if there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will". "However, nothing has changed".

And Trump's apparent reference to Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian Federation investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it, came just hours after a statement from Rosenstein complaining about leaks in the case.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Mueller is also investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and adviser. He lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration with the unrelenting controversy that has consumed his early presidency.

It's unclear why Rosenstein issued the warning or whether anyone prompted him to do so. "Someone is going to have to conduct this investigation".

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Senate Intelligence Committee member, said she was "increasingly concerned" Trump would try to fire not only Mueller, but also Rosenstein. "Sad!" the US President tweeted.



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