Trump confirms probe over Comey firing


He did not mention any names but his message comes a day after he took to Twitter to slam a media report indicating that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Trump himself for obstruction of justice related to the Russian Federation probe.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reiterated in a recent meeting that he may have to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel's investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election, sources told ABC News. Rosenstein will now have to do so - soon.

What could change the math for Trump is if he begins to swing wildly, attacking not only the people coming to get him, but officials like Sessions and Rosenstein who are trying to save him from himself.

"The President was not confirming the investigation".

Depending on how events play out, the Justice Department could face a crisis not seen since the so-called Saturday Night Massacre when President Richard Nixon's attorney general and deputy attorney general resigned after being ordered to fire the independent special prosecutor overseeing the Watergate investigation, said Jeffrey Cramer, a former federal prosecutor. Replacing the exclamation point with a question mark-"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director?"

It was not clear what prompted the statement, although it came hours after The Washington Post reported that the business dealings of Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are being examined as part of Mueller's investigation. Some of his ire is aimed at Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him, associates say.

Finally, the thrust of Trump's tweet is misleading. Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit - including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich - have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal. If firing Comey was indeed obstruction of justice, then, according to Trump's implicit logic, Rosenstein could be guilty of a crime of obstruction.

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Rosenstein was the one to make the decision because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Rosenstein, born in Pennsylvania, joined the Justice Department in 1990 and moved up the organization over the span of 27 years.

Brand might look at the whole affair differently from Rosenstein.

Brand went to Harvard Law School and clerked for Justice Anthony Kennedy. Among other roles, she was an official in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy under George W. Bush.

Reuters reports: "Another well-known white-collar Washington lawyer will likely join the team shortly". First, he undermined his own credibility. Everything Trump says now, Bob Mueller will use against him. But she would also have the conservative perspective on executive branch - which gives the president abundant authority. Special counsel Robert Mueller is. With the regulations gone, there would be nothing illegal about firing Mueller, whether the order came from Brand or the president. And allies of former President Bill Clinton also raised concerns of political bias by Kenneth Starr, who led the Whitewater investigation that ultimately led to Clinton's impeachment. It's enough that he's angry with Rosenstein for appointing Mueller in the first place. And that didn't stop Bork from later becoming a Supreme Court nominee. But that doesn't need to have been the president's motive.

The tactic of firing by recusal is a new one.

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