The complex issues of the Russian Federation probe, special counsel

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

If Trump ordered Brand to fire Mueller and she refused, the responsibility to oversee the special counsel would fall to Dana Boente, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to a presidential executive order.

A member of President Donald Trump's outside legal team says the president is not under investigation, contradicting a recent tweet from Trump.

The order by the general counsel for his transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government. 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 Mueller.

Sekulow stressed repeatedly that Trump is not under investigation.

Rosenstein also has authority to fire Mueller, if he finds evidence of good cause.

The lawyer, Jay Sekulow, contended the tweet was not a confirmation of the investigation, but instead a response to a report in The Washington Post.

The Post quoted five people briefed on the requests, saying those who agreed to be interviewed include national intelligence director Daniel Coats, Admiral Mike Rogers who heads the NSA, and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett.

Although Rosenstein's memo was extremely critical of former FBI Director James B. Comey, he technically did not formally recommend that Trump fire him.

Trump's young presidency has been battered by allegations - under investigation both by Congress and the FBI - that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favour, in possible collusion with Trump's campaign team.

A person who has spoken to Trump within the last 24 hours told CNN "the man" in the tweet is Rosenstein, who wrote a memo recommending Comey's firing and approved the appointment of a special counsel to look into Russian election meddling. He, however, said that whatever Trump did was "a very disturbing thing, very concerning".

"I don't believe it's going to happen", said Rubio on CNN's "State of the Union". Trump has expressed increasing dissatisfaction with the Justice Department since Mueller's appointment.

It's "only a matter of time before Rachel Brand is the acting attorney general for purposes of this investigation", tweeted Matt Miller, MSNBC justice and security analyst and former Justice Department spokesman.

Others have pointed to news that Mueller interviewed with Trump for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director post after Comey's firing.

For Sandra Younger, a 50-year-old from San Diego, Comey's exit reinforced her suspicion "something fishy" was going on with the president and Russian Federation.

"I was going to fire regardless of recommendation".

A career prosecutor who entered the administration with a reputation as a meticulous, nonpartisan lawyer, Rosenstein has been buffeted in his short time on the job by political storms - and now the extraordinary spectacle of being singled out on social media by the president. The daily was one of the several media that reported that Trump himself is being investigated on allegations of obstructing justice.

Comey testified it would be up to Mueller to decide whether Trump's action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

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