Witch Hunt! : Trump tweets he is under FBI investigation

Bruno Cirelli
Giugno 19, 2017

US President Donald Trump early Sunday morning hurled a series of testy tweets defending his crisis-ridden presidency, once again decrying the "witch hunt" against him. That, not a political witch hunt, is what the nation needs.

Mr Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia Attorney-General and U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mr Mueller.

ABC News reported Friday that Rosenstein has privately acknowledged he may need to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation but has yet to seek a formal opinion on the matter. "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations".

The White House confirmed Mr Mueller was among the candidates the president interviewed to replace Mr Comey.

From the tweet, it sounds like Trump is blaming Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein.

Special counsel Mueller-a respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director-was also bringing in legal firepower to investigate whether there was collusion between Trump's team and Russian Federation to fix the 2016 election or an attempted cover-up.

"Just appeared on FOX News". The source spoke on condition of anonymity.

Responding to Trump's statement on Twitter, Sen.

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. ABC said Rosenstein told Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand she would have authority over the probe if he were to step aside.

"Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law", Feinstein said.

The president has said he already made his decision to fire Comey before Rosenstein wrote a memo criticizing the director's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The White House has used a memo he wrote to justify Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, but that Trump action may now be part of the probe.

Trump's apparent attack on Rosenstein also raised further questions about whether he will stay in his position or recuse himself from the investigation.

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. "However, nothing has changed".

The Republican leader also lashed out at the Justice Department's number two, the man tasked with organising the probe.

Trump's Friday tweet was the first official confirmation that he is being investigated by the special counsel over the reasons he fired Comey last month.

Trump has fueled the concern in Congress by repeatedly calling the congressional and executive investigations into his campaign's ties with Russian Federation a "witch hunt". Those associates include former national security adviser Michael Flynn, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.

Regardless of the chaos that could ensue in the leadership of the Justice Department, Mueller's investigation appears insulated, and much of the work of the department done by United States attorneys across the country will continue, Cramer said.

It directs recipients to turn over relevant documents to the presidential transition team.

The panel sent a bipartisan letter this month to White House counsel Don McGahn seeking an answer by this Friday.

"[Vice President] Mike Pence hired a lawyer, everybody else is hiring a lawyer". Pence headed the Trump transition until Inauguration Day.

If indeed Trump attempted to pull off a Saturday Night Massacre to remove Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigative staff, possibly in the coming days, here is how it would work.

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