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Mueller Hires 13 Attorneys to Join Russia Probe

18 Juin 2017

Deputy Attorney-General Rod J. Rosenstein also generated a lot of buzz but little clarity with a statement urging Americans to "exercise caution" when evaluating stories attributed to anonymous officials. When Trump fired Comey, the White House initially tied the decision to a memo written by Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussing what they described as "serious mistakes" he made in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

Mr Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Mr Trump fired him to undermine the FBI's Russian Federation probe and testified that the President directed him in February to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn in relation to the Russian Federation matter.

In his latest tweets this morning, the president called the investigation a "witch hunt" and appeared to call out Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Feinstein added, "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office".

Aides have counseled the president to stay off Twitter and focus on other aspects of his job.

Kushner's attorney said such a review would be "standard practice".

Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump's orbit, people familiar with the probe were quoted as saying.

United States intelligence agencies concluded in a report issued in January that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race to try to help Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails damaging to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

A source on Trump's legal team attempted to clarify the missive, claiming he was reacting to media reports about the investigation rather than offering public confirmation.

Trump blasts reported obstruction probe over 'phony' Russia story
Mueller has the authority to investigate whether Trump tried to obstruct justice which is a potentially impeachable offense. In the interview, the president said he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he chose to dismiss Comey.

The tweets came shortly after Rosenstein issued his unusual statement that appeared to be warning about the accuracy of such reports.

"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", Rosenstein said.

According to ABC, "sources" stated that Rosenstein, the number two man at the Department of Justice, "has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter". "Nearly everyone agrees that the Director made serious mistakes; it is one of the few issues that unites people of diverse perspectives", Rosenstein said in his memo.

If Rosenstein refuses, Trump would have to fire Rosenstein and order his replacement to fire Mueller. A day later, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel.

INSKEEP: And something that is very much in line with what the White House says, although it was more politely phrased, perhaps, than the president would do.

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in US elections and possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign.

News of a possible Rosenstein recusal comes on the same day that President Trump issued a veiled slam against the deputy AG (while acknowledging that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice).

Rosenstein was also the author of a letter in May to Trump criticizing the performance of FBI Director James Comey. He writes angry impulsive tweets that harm his own legal and political position and, along with his inner circle, is now attacking virtually everyone involved in the special counsel's investigation. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the laywer's internal order sent Thursday. Because the ranges required for disclosure under federal ethics laws are so wide - Trump's disclosure lists five separate liabilities each at "over $50,000,000" - it is impossible to tell whether his debt load has changed appreciably. They are Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort's business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; Flynn; and Roger J. Stone Jr., an informal adviser to Mr. Trump.