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Meet The DOJ Official Who Could Take Over The Trump Investigation

Messalina Adamo | 18 Giugno, 2017, 02:25

"We're a nation of laws that apply equally to everyone, a lesson the president would be wise to learn", she said.

Mr Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Mr Trump fired him to undermine the FBI's Russian Federation probe and testified that the President directed him in February to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn in relation to the Russian Federation matter. He lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration with the unrelenting controversy that has consumed his early presidency.

President Trump said, quote, "I am being investigated for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director by the man who told me to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director - exclamation point - witch hunt". "Witch Hunt", the president wrote in his tweet.

Democrats note that after the Justice Department appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the Watergate break-in during the in the 1970s, then-President Richard Nixon ordered the department to fire the special prosecutor, Archibald Cox, prompting his attorney general and deputy attorney general both to resign in what became known as the "Saturday Night Massacre".

The Democratic National Committee called on Mr Rosenstein to recuse himself from the Russian Federation matter, but it said authority over the investigation should be given to Mr Mueller and not another Trump appointee.

Rosenstein sees no reason at this point to recuse himself, the Justice Department said Friday.

Aides have counseled the president to stay off Twitter and focus on other aspects of his job.

In another indication of the seriousness of the probe, Michael Cohen, a personal attorney to Trump, said he has retained attorney Stephen Ryan, a former assistant U.S. attorney, to represent him in the ongoing probes.


Friday's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president over a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

But Rosenstein recently informed his colleagues, including Brand, that he might have to recuse himself from the investigation, according to a report by ABC News.

He added: "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations". That would leave supervision of the Mueller probe to Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, a a Harvard law graduate who clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and ran the Office of Legal Policy at the Justice Department. Racist Beanie Baby Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump Jr., who does not know how to use a chair, reportedly support the decision. But a department official said no one asked for the statement and Rosenstein acted on his own.

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

A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it.

Since Rosenstein recommended the firing, he could be a witness in the case and ethically obligated to recuse himself.

President Donald Trump says it's "sad" that seven months of investigations and hearings into possible links between his campaign and Russian Federation have been fruitless. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the laywer's internal order sent Thursday. At a later meeting, Trump said he hoped Comey and the FBI would "let go" of the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation. At a previously scheduled off-camera briefing for reporters, principal deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was peppered with more than a dozen questions about ongoing investigations for about 20 minutes. If Trump begins firing such people and the GOP's political position keeps eroding-pay attention to the special election in Georgia on Tuesday-maybe more Republicans will start to wonder if it's time for President Pence.

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