Trump says he's target of inquiry

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the top Justice Department official overseeing the special counsel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, has told officials that he might have to recuse himself from the investigation, according to a report from ABC News.

In another tweet, Trump called it "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

Trump, however, referred to the Post's reporting as a "phony" story in a tweet Thursday.

The Post, citing unnamed sources, said the investigation into the president's own conduct began shortly after Trump fired Comey on May 9.

"The way the director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong", Rosenstein wrote, failing to acknowledge the fact Trump cheered Comey's inquiry of Clinton on during the 2016 campaign.

INSKEEP: And something that is very much in line with what the White House says, although it was more politely phrased, perhaps, than the president would do.

Gingrich, the former House speaker whose wife is seeking Senate approval to become the US ambassador to the Vatican, continued to defend Trump Thursday morning.

Comey told the Senate hearing that he believed he was dismissed by Trump because he did not stop the FBI's investigation into Flynn.

"Failure to follow these protocols could result in criminal or civil penalties, and could form the basis of legal claims, legal presumptions, or jury instructions relating to spoliation of evidence", the memo warns former Trump transition team members. I don't know whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller's crack team of prosecutors have any solid evidence of collusion or shady financial deals.

"And so he was reluctant to make the statement that I made", Comey said.

Mueller, the special counsel named by the Justice Department to probe the Russia matter, is investigating whether anyone associated with Trump or his campaign had any illegal dealings with Russian officials or others with ties to the Kremlin.

Friday's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president after a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

"I$3 f the president thinks he can fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will shut down the investigation, he's in for a rude awakening", Feinstein said, according to Politico.

While the federal probe into Russian Federation is moving full steam ahead, there have been media reports that Trump is considering ordering Rosenstein to fire Mueller.

There are 3 ways President Trump can sack Robert Mueller.

Finally, Mueller has hired former deputy assistant attorney general Jeannie Rhee, presumably to help guide the probe through DOJ bureaucracy.

Rosenstein told a congressional panel this week that he was not in favour of firing Mueller without just cause. Trump tweeted. "I can go around them". They are: Flynn; Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort's business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; and Roger J. Stone Jr., an informal adviser to Mr. Trump. A former prosecutor, Dowd may be best known to the public for leading investigations on behalf of Major League Baseball, including a probe of allegations of improper gambling by baseball player Pete Rose that preceded Rose's lifetime ban. Cohen has worked for Trump since the mid-2000s and was active in the campaign.

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