Sabato, 24 Giugno, 2017

Dem lawmaker warns Trump against firing Mueller

Messalina Adamo | 19 Giugno, 2017, 01:29

Yet Trump's angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active investigation.

Rosenstein's unusual statement, which he issued over the objections of some advisers, said in part: "Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials'". "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations".

Rosenstein took over the investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself because he was a Trump campaign surrogate.

The White House had confirmed that Mr Mueller was among the candidates Mr Trump interviewed to replace Mr Comey.

Several of the lawyers on Mueller's team are current Department of Justice officials: Michael Dreeben, is the deputy solicitor general who has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court; Andrew Weissmann, a former director of the Enron Task Force, heads the Criminal Division's fraud section; and Lisa Page, a former trial lawyer who worked in the organized crime and gang section.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel named by the department to investigate the Russian Federation matter, is now examining whether Trump or others sought to obstruct the probe, a person familiar with the inquiry said on Thursday. Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to directly oversee the probe.

As the legal rope has tightened, Trump's allies have gone on the offensive, questioning Mueller's credibility and floating the idea he may be fired.


A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on the tweet.

It was unclear whether his tweet about being under investigation was based on direct knowledge or new media reports that suggest Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey.

The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump's presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking yet more political oxygen out of the West Wing.

Trump has vehemently denied any collusion between himself or any of his associates and Russian Federation. They acknowledged he was criticizing the anonymously sourced Post report-but stopped short of saying he was disputing it.

In another development, members of Trump's transition team were ordered Thursday to preserve documents and other materials related to the investigation of Russian interference in the election, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times.

"I appointed him. I stand by that decision", Rosenstein said.

Sekulow said Trump "is not and has not been under investigation". The memo asks for preservation of electronic communications and data, telephone logs, audio recordings, videos, calendars and other items. The new details are included in a financial disclosure that Trump voluntarily submitted Friday to the Office of Government Ethics, the first snapshot of the Trump Organization's finances after its longtime leader became president.

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