Trump confirms he's under investigation

Geronimo Vena
Giugno 20, 2017

He testified that he leaked information about the notes through a friend to the Times to increase pressure for the appointment of a special prosecutor after he concluded Trump's administration "defamed" him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after his May 9 firing. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote. Last month, Rosenstein sent a memo to Trump raising concerns over FBI Director James Comey - concerns the White House then cited as a central reason for Comey's firing. Still, the snowballing investigation has deeply angered Trump, who denies he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation.

"And second, if 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". Asked if he would follow Trump's potential order to dismiss Mueller, Rosenstein said, "I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders". They have tried to highlight the positive reviews he received Wednesday when he made a statesman-like appearance in the White House to address the nation after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice.

Given that every morning brings with it some new Trump scandal, one could be excused for not realizing that Trump has yet to be actively investigated. And Democrats and Republicans alike have criticized his use of Twitter, particularly amid the ongoing investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

"I'm growing increasingly concerned that the President will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller".

"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", Rosenstein said. "The Department of Justice as a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations". However, his statement did seem to reflect Trump's obsession with leaks and what he has called "phony stories".

The transition official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss post-election decisions publicly.

Trump has told associates he has the legal authority to fire Mueller. What is clear is that he could order the Justice Department to ax Mueller, which may result in Rosenstein's departure and would certainly intensify the uproar over the investigation. Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit - including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich - have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal.

The tweet represented a remarkable show of frustration by a serving President, who is making no secret of his emotions as an investigation that started out as an effort to understand Russian meddling in the election appears to be moving ever closer towards his inner circle and narrowing in on his own conduct.

As reports of Trump's desire to fire the special counsel emerged earlier this week, Rosenstein appeared to be trying to thread the needle between demonstrating that his integrity was intact and avoiding further antagonizing the president.

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

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