It's not clear what prompted Rosenstein to issue this vague warning to the American people, though the timing likely offers some clues: The statement came a day after the Washington Post and the New York Timesreported that special counsel Robert Mueller was looking into whether President Trump's firing of James Comey constituted obstruction of justice, and a couple hours after the Post reported that Mueller was also examining Jared Kushner's financial dealings with Russian Federation.
The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.
Mueller's investigators have asked for information and will talk to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.
"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mueller.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson undermines bipartisan Russian Federation sanctions
He told lawmakers the US government would like to retain the ability to talk to Russian Federation with an arsenal of incentives and punishments at its disposal.
Trump criticized media reports that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating him for obstruction of justice as a part of a wider probe into alleged meddling by Russian Federation in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Kremlin and Trump's campaign, saying Americans are watching "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history".
In a tweet early Thursday, Trump said: "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story".
The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after the inauguration. 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.
Separately, Coats testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed session Thursday that lasted for three-and-a-half hours. Although USA Today also noted that the tweet came shortly after a Washington Post report that Mueller's team is also investigating Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner's business dealings. Asked if he would follow Trump's potential order to dismiss Mueller, Rosenstein said, "I'm not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders".
Would-be gunman Hodgkinson launched into Trump tirade before shooting
And the people told me, you know, despite these splits, it doesn't divide them personally, and they're able to get along. According to the complaint, Hodgkinson had fired shots outside a home and punched his daughter in the face.
Comey would not say in his testimony last week whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice, but added it would be up to special counsel Mueller "to sort that out". Mark Warner of Virginia, the panel's top Democrat, didn't provide any other details regarding the meeting.
Trump is under increasing pressure on the Russian Federation probe.
"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Kasowitz said via a spokesman. Still, the snowballing investigation has deeply angered Trump, who denies he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation. 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. Comey said he told the president on three occasions that he wasn't personally under investigation.
His morning missive apparently referred to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general whose role leading the federal investigation has become increasingly complicated.
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On the same day, a rocket struck the Indian diplomatic compound in Kabul . Another 6,000 foreign troops contribute to the advising mission.
A spokesman for Mueller's team declined to comment.
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