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'Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations,' says Rod Rosenstein

19 June 2017

Reports this week confirmed that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the President obstructed justice by firing Comey last month amid the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Not only is Special Counsel Robert Mueller looking at obstruction of justice charges for Trump, he's also investigating Jared Kushner's finances, probably as a potential explanation for that secret backchannel to Putin he tried to establish.

Mr. Trump's morning tweets included what seemed like a jab at former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the new Special Counsel for the Russian Federation probe, as he said the investigation was being "led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, is actively investigating the finances and business dealings of President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, according to multiple USA officials familiar with the matter.

It was widely reported Thursday that Mueller has expanded the scope of the investigation beyond the question of possible collusion between Trump campaign aides and alleged Russian involvement in hacking attacks on the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign.

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The morning missive appeared to refer to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general. "Witch Hunt", wrote Trump.

Democrats and Republicans alike have criticised his use of Twitter, particularly amid the investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election.

Trump has now acknowledged that investigation and is apparently lumping Rosenstein in as an investigator.

In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt in May, Trump said he made the decision to fire Comey before receiving Rosenstein's letter.

Trump's tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe. The Department of Justice has a long-standing policy to neither confirm or deny such allegations.

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"You have my assurance that we're going to faithfully follow that regulation (that gives Meuller his authority), and Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately", Rosenstein told Congress June 13. And with the investigation reaching all the way up to Trump - and with Trump regularly tweeting about it - it's almost impossible for the White House to compartmentalize. They are building a case for firing Mueller.

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.

Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Trump had directed him to drop an agency investigation into Flynn.

ABC News reported on Friday that Rosenstein has said privately he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation probe because he could become a witness in the investigation.

Ruddy, who had been at the White House on Monday, told PBS that Trump is considering terminating the special counsel.

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Mr Flynn was forced out in February after he misled the vice-president about his conversations with Russia's ambassador before Mr Trump took office.

'Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations,' says Rod Rosenstein