Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Local | By Ada Griffith

Trump acknowledges for first time he's under investigation


"There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation", he said. 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. The memo included stinging criticism of the FBI director's handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email.

Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russian Federation probe since shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

"It has become clear that President Trump believes that he has the power to fire anyone in government he chooses and for any reason, including special counsel Robert Mueller", Schiff said in a statement.

On the following day in an Oval Office meeting with Russian officials, the President described his FBI chief as a "nut job" and "crazy" and expressed relief that the "pressure " of the Russia investigation had been lifted by the firing of Comey.

The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking. This would necessarily occur, even though Sessions had repeatedly denied improper or illegal contact with the Russians.

"You begin to wonder if there is going to be a domino effect here where it is just one person after another", said Andrew Graham, a longtime Maryland defense lawyer who worked with Rosenstein. 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.

"I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that's an offense", he added.

Amid reports Donald Trump is unhappy with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's closeness with fired FBI Director James Comey, the top ethics lawyer from ex-President George W. Bush's administration said Saturday Vice President Mike Pence will "soon become" the next US president.

In light of these facts, Democrats and many in the media across the nation called for an obstruction of justice investigation of the president.

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The point is that Mueller's investigation is broadening, not narrowing.

All of which necessarily brings us back to Rod Rosenstein.

The comment came after the president tweeted on Friday: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

The President, perhaps unintentionally, has focused attention on a new and serious problem with the Mueller probe.

Mueller continues to hire a team of lawyers, and with FBI investigators is gathering information that is widely expected to lead to a formal investigation into whether President Trump attempted to interfere in the investigation. He may actually be a witness in the investigation he is supposed to supervise and like Sessions will be compelled by legal ethics to assume a seat on the sidelines.

Earlier this month, Rosenstein said that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will".

The solicitor general, the lawyer who represents the United States in cases before the Supreme Court, had better stay close to the phone.

There has been growing concern among Trump and his allies that Mueller's past professional relationship with Comey is getting in the way of his investigation into Russia's interference of 2016 presidential election.

Senior congressional Republicans, alarmed that Trump might touch off a new political firestorm, have warned him against firing Mueller.

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