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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may step down from Russian Federation probe

19 Juin 2017

Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he is being investigated for firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, describing the probe as a "witch hunt".

In his tweet, Trump appeared to be referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo recommending that Comey be fired.

Mr Trump tweeted: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" "The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources that were purportedly leaking information to the Washington Post about a potential investigation of the president", Sekulow told Chuck Todd.

"Mueller is compromised by the close professional - and I would sure think personal - relationship with Comey", Bill Otis, the former special counsel for President George H.W. Bush told The Hill.

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Meanwhile, former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who oversaw the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky probes during former President Bill Clinton's administration, said in an Washington Post op-ed Thursday that Trump should "not threaten, much less order" Mueller to be fired.

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Multiple people have said the president has grown agitated with Rosenstein over the past week, increasing speculation that he may want to fire the deputy attorney general. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations". But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight given his role in Trump's decision to fire Comey. Comey testified that Trump directed him in February to drop an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn relating to the Russian Federation matter.

A Trump confidant said this week the president had considered firing Mueller. And Trump himself took aim at the senior Justice Department official responsible for appointing Mueller, accusing him on Twitter of leading a "Witch Hunt".

That drew concern from Democrats like Diane Feinstein, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, that Trump was not only considering firing Mueller but Rosenstein as well.

In another indication of the seriousness of the probe, Michael Cohen, a personal attorney to Trump, said he has retained attorney Stephen Ryan, a former assistant US attorney, to represent him in the ongoing probes.

Be smart: Trump, notorious for his litigiousness in NY, is playing an inside-outside game: stockpiling talent to protect him legally, while publicly trying to discredit the investigators and whatever they might eventually say or do. He has already been subpoenaed by the House intelligence committee.