Trump Appears to Confirm That He's Being Personally Investigated

Cheryl Sanders
June 17, 2017

United States President, Donald Trump, has acknowledged he is under investigation in the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in past year presidential election held in his country.

A defiant Mr Trump at many times on Thursday expressed his frustration with reports about the expansion of Mr Mueller's probe, tweeting that he is the subject of "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history", and one that he said is being led by "some very bad and conflicted people".

The list of people who enrage the president is said to include Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation in the first place, and former golden boy Jared Kushner for convincing the president that the Democrats would applaud Comey's dismissal because of him sandbagging Hillary Clinton before the election.

Rosenstein, in office for less than two months, is the top Justice official overseeing the probe because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself.

"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 of agency of government - with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated", Rosenstein said.

"No one can question Rod Rosenstein's credentials", Spicer said. 'The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations'.

Trump has a point in that none of the investigations have made public any hard proof that Trump colluded with Russian Federation during the presidential election - if there is any hard proof. A Harvard Law School graduate, she clerked for a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court associate judge and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, had written a memo castigating James Comey before Trump dismissed the Federal Bureau of Investigation director - a memo that the White House at first said was critical to the decision, before Trump suggested it was irrelevant because his mind was already made up. 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.

Mr Trump was criticised for the tweet by the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein.

The focus on Rosenstein sharpened Friday because the President attacked the deputy attorney general in a tweet, blaming him for what he terms a "witch hunt". "Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law".

Rosenstein could eventually be questioned by Mueller about his memo on Comey and what motivated Trump to ask him to write it.

And it was Rosenstein who appointed Robert Mueller as the special counsel to lead that investigation after Comey was sacked. Still, the snowballing investigation has deeply angered Trump, who denies he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation.

Trump was reportedly sore at Sessions for recusing himself and setting this whole chain of events in motion.

Rosenstein had written a memo, which was publicly released, recommending to the president that Comey be axed.

Rosenstein's statement clearly didn't go far enough, as Trump took to Twitter Friday morning and bashed the top Justice Department official. "However, nothing has changed". An official confirmed to Fox News that Trump was referring to Rosenstein in the statement.

Rosenstein told the Associated Press earlier this month that when he hired Mueller he discussed the possibility of having recuse himself "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation" and if recusal is necessary.

Sources told ABC that Rosenstein told Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand that she would have to assume those responsibilities if he recused himself. A memo from the general counsel of the transition team, cited by the Times , required preservation of records relating to Russia, Ukraine and five former Trump aides, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign manager Paul Manafort. Pence headed the Trump transition until Inauguration Day.

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