Lawmakers criticize Trump's tweets about Russian Federation investigation

Rosenstein may need to recuse himself from Russia probe -ABC News

The US president admitted that he is under federal investigation in a Twitter post, writing: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

Wide consensus among the US intelligence community asserts that Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to undermine America's electoral process.

Rod Rosenstein recommended to President Trump that he fire former FBI Chief James Comey, though also made a decision to bring in Robert Mueller, now the probe's special counsel. Based in part on the people he is hiring to assist in the probe, some wonder whether he may lean toward a less-than-objective investigation, at the president's expense. The presumption, however, is that Mr. Comey's dismissal was due to official inquiries he was making about Trump's inner circle, namely, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and its ties with Russian Federation.

There has been growing concern among Trump and his allies that Mueller's past professional relationship with Comey is getting in the way of his investigation into Russia's interference of 2016 presidential election.

Like his famous predecessor, the Nixon administration's Robert Bork, who played a key role in the "Saturday Night Massacre", the solicitor general will be the next in line to supervise the investigation and execute any lawful orders issued by his boss, the President of the United States, regarding the Mueller probe.

If Trump were to fire Mueller and Rosenstein, "Congress must unite to stop him, without respect to party, and for the sake of the nation", Schiff said in a statement. "Witch Hunt", the President tweeted.

'Americans should be be skeptical about anonymous allegations, ' Rosenstein continued.

More news: Trump again acknowledges he's under investigation

"I appointed him. I stand by that decision", Rosenstein said. Part of the revelations regarding the Russian Federation investigation and the firing of Comey has been that Trump repeatedly pushed top intelligence officials to say in public that Trump was not personally under investigation and that there was no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation in its supposed interference in the 2016 election.

The statement followed a report by ABC News that Rosenstein had discussed the matter of recusal internally.

'I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations". Comey has said three times I didn't do anything with the Russians.

You might not know the name Rachel Brand now, but you should: She could soon be overseeing the expanding investigation into the Trump team's ties with Russian Federation.

But Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior issued a statement on Friday saying Rosenstein remains in a supervisory role, at this point. A memo from the general counsel of the transition team, cited by the Times , required preservation of records relating to Russia, Ukraine and five former Trump aides, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former campaign manager Paul Manafort. In keeping with a new practice, she referred one question after another to Mr Trump's personal lawyer.

Rosenstein will have to recuse himself from any supervisory role in the Mueller investigation due to this possible conflict of interest. He has already been subpoenaed by the House of Representatives intelligence committee.

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