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Trump's deputy attorney general Rosenstein issues cryptic statement about anonymous sources

Messalina Adamo | 18 Giugno, 2017, 02:24

Trump on Friday morning boasted about the power of his Twitter feed. NPR's Scott Horsley is in our studios.

Anonymous sources tell ABC News and the Washington Post that Rosenstein has acknowledged in private conversations that he may have to step away from supervising the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The president tweeted Friday, "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".

In another tweet, President Trump again denied any collusion with Moscow, saying (quote) "despite the phony Witch Hunt, the economic and jobs numbers are great".

Trump's tweets Friday were especially remarkable considering the context that Trump was repeatedly asking Comey and other investigators to go on the record to say he wasn't under investigation.

But, Steve, I'm not sure I would read it that way. The Democrats' questions tended to be somewhat more accusatory toward the president, the Republicans' questions somewhat more exculpatory, but there was a welcome air of sobriety about the whole thing.

But regardless of who made the decision to fire the FBI director, Rosenstein is now a person of interest in the investigation because of the memo. Who would that be? "He is not going to allow Trump to bully him into recusing himself or not recusing himself".

"I think what we need to do is get all the facts out there", Blunt said.


In early May, on the day Comey was sacked, Rosenstein wrote a scathing memo about the way Comey conducted himself during the Hillary Clinton email investigation. The message was widely read as confirming a probe of Trump by the special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 US election.

USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race to try to help Mr Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails damaging to his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

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If Trump attempts a "Saturday Night Massacre" using any of the tactics described below, there would be a constitutional crisis in America and a political firestorm of reaction that would be more devastating than the firestorm that confronted Richard Nixon shortly before he resigned from office. One adviser said the comments trashing Mueller and Rosenstein from Trump and others "should not be viewed as just a pure coincidence". But a department official said no one asked for the statement and Rosenstein acted on his own.

HORSLEY: It's a - it was a very unusual statement from the deputy attorney general. The attorney general was at a White House meeting when the notification came from Rosenstein, prompting the enraged President to scold the attorney general for the turn of events. Like, don't believe the leakers essentially is what he's suggesting.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said: "Bob Mueller is a good and honorable man, but I certainly hope that the appointment of a special counsel doesn't turn into a fishing expedition". Pence headed the Trump transition until inauguration day. And the president has only himself to blame.

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. And he makes no apologies for that.

But he has so far refused to curtail his social media postings.

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