Trump tweets his frustration with Russia investigation

Alvin Kelly
June 18, 2017

Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, had written a memo castigating James Comey before Trump dismissed the Federal Bureau of Investigation director - a memo that the White House at first said was critical to the decision, before Trump suggested it was irrelevant because his mind was already made up.

Rosenstein, 52, has said little publicly, but a cryptic statement he released late Thursday captured some of the strain and frustration he is probably feeling about the numerous unauthorized leaks about the Russian Federation investigation that have angered the president, according to several of his colleagues and friends.

"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.

Rosenstein, in office for less than two months, is the top Justice official overseeing the probe because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself.

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.

Lieu's comments come after Trump and his allies launched multiple attacks against Mueller's character and possible conflicts of interest in an attempt to discredit him and his investigation.

"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", Feinstein said in a statement.

A Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said that no one had asked Rosenstein to make the statement and that he acted on his own.

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He added: "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations".

It's yet another tweet that's unleashed intense media speculation... a presidential post of less than 140 characters.

They have tried to highlight the positive reviews he received on Wednesday when he made a statesman-like appearance in the White House to address the nation after House of Representatives Republican whip Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice.

The probe's focus has morphed from collusion to obstruction: the chief-executive's weighing in on Flynn's prosecution, pushing for disclosure of true information that he was not a suspect in the Russian Federation investigation, and firing of the FBI director - all actions Trump was constitutionally entitled to take.

A source on Trump's legal team claimed the president was referring to a Washington Post story "from the other night" rather than confirming he is being investigated.

But Mr Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to end his oversight, given his role in Mr Trump's decision to fire Mr Comey. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone. Cohen has worked for Trump since the mid-2000s and was active in the campaign.

The Twitter attacks came as Vice-President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.

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