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Deputy AG warns 'Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations'

Donald Trump confirms obstruction of justice probe claiming ‘witch hunt Donald Trump confirms obstruction of justice probe claiming ‘witch hunt
Parmenio Sano | 19 Giugno, 2017, 02:56

Former FBI Director details meetings with Trump. "Witch Hunt", the President tweeted.

"The way the director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong", Rosenstein wrote, failing to acknowledge the fact Trump cheered Comey's inquiry of Clinton on during the 2016 campaign.

"I think it is a consideration the President has had because Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel", Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Tuesday. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office".

However, White House press secretary Sean Spicer denied Ruddy has spoken to the President about the issue.

The Democratic National Committee said it saw a need for Rosenstein to recuse himself, but it said control over the investigation should be given to Mueller and not another Trump appointee.

President Donald Trump on Friday confirmed he was under investigation in an ongoing probe about Russian interference in the election, and he appeared to attack the man in his administration overseeing it. "Nice", he tweeted overnight.

It wasn't clear whether the president was basing his tweet on direct knowledge that he is under investigation, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey last month amid the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

If Mueller strays from the straight and narrow, Rosenstein should not hesitate to remove him and name someone else to serve as special counsel. But last night Rosenstein issued this rather unusual statement saying Americans should be skeptical about news accounts of an investigation that are based on anonymous allegations.


The department would not comment on the record on whether Trump, who has repeatedly complained about leaks on the case, requested the statement. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the laywer's internal order sent Thursday.

The report said "officials who described the financial focus of the investigation spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly".

Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on May 11 he had the Russian Federation issue in mind when he fired Comey.

Democrats challenged Rosenstein on whether he would appoint a special prosecutor to look into Russia's election meddling. Trump has said he is willing to be interviewed by Mueller's agents, and Comey has said he was sure the special counsel would investigate the possibility of obstruction.

Comey testified it would be up to Mueller to decide whether Trump's action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

Rosenstein now has such authority because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself on March 2 after revelations of previously undisclosed meetings with Russia's ambassador to Washington while he was a Trump campaign advisor. If the president is under investigation for obstruction, a move to fire Mueller would prove more complicated politically.

A representative from President Donald Trump's legal team said Trump is not under investigation, despite the President tweeting "I am being investigated" this week.

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