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Trump Conflates 'Phony Collusion' And Possible Obstruction Of Justice Investigation

But Mueller, operating in private practice when his friend Comey was dismissed, was definitely not the "the man who told [Trump] to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director".

Trump's tweet read "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" Trump was reviving his claim that Rosenstein urged him to fire Comey in a memo, though Trump himself disputed this reasoning shortly after in an interview with NBC News's Lester Holt, in which he said "regardless of the recommendation, I was going to fire Comey".

Friday's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president over a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

Trump seemed to prod Rosenstein over such a conflict in a tweet Friday.

Earlier this week, we learned that Trump has discussed firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller with friends and family.

Russian Federation has repeatedly denied meddling in the 2016 USA presidential election, insisting that it does not meddle in the affairs of other countries.

The recusal question has surfaced before, amid speculation Rosenstein could become part of the Robert Mueller probe given his role in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

If Rosenstein were to recuse himself, Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand - who other than Rosenstein and Sessions is the only other Senate-confirmed official in the entire agency at the moment - would take over his responsibilities.

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Mr Trump, who is due to give a speech in Miami on Friday where he is expected to announce a shift in United States policy towards Cuba, also boasted about his deployment of social media, despite warnings by legal experts that his tweets may be used against him in the ongoing investigation.

One person Trump has said nothing but glowing things about is former nat sec adviser Michael Flynn, who is largely the reason the president is in this mess in the first place.

It shows why everyone inside the White House wants this jackass to stay off Twitter.

Coats met behind closed doors for more than three hours Thursday with the Senate intelligence committee, which is conducting a separate investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The facts of whether Trump had already chose to fire Comey before getting Rosenstein to write the memo justifying the firing are unclear and at least partially contested. The New York Times reported that Trump had been waved off the idea by advisers. Trump said on Twitter, calling the probe into him a "Witch Hunt".

The order casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government. "I can go around them", he wrote. In that capacity, Rosenstein has the power to determine what resources and personnell Mueller has at his disposal - and, ultimately, whether or not the Justice Department pursues prosecutions on the basis of his findings.

On June 15, Vice President Mike Pence, who headed the Trump transition team, confirmed that he, too, had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the probe.

Amid stirrings earlier this week that Trump was possibly considering the idea of firing Mueller, it was Rosenstein who testified before a congressional hearing that such an act could not be taken without specific cause.

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