Rosenstein wrote the memo that suggested that Trump fire Comey over his handling of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while secretary of State. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote in a Friday tweet. Shortly after Trump fired Comey, a Justice Department official tapped Mueller to take up the investigation as a special counsel. Rosenstein also approved the appointment of Mueller as special counsel after the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Coats met behind closed doors for more than three hours Thursday with the Senate intelligence committee, which is conducting a separate investigation into Russian interference in the election.
The president's associates, who insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the his views, say some of his ire is aimed at deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him.
"And second, if the president thinks he can fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will shut down the investigation, he's in for a rude awakening".
President Trump's personal lawyer has retained a Washington, D.C. -based lawyer to represent him in the various government probes connected to Russian involvement in the 2016 election. The questions included whether he had confidence in Rosenstein, whether he plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and how he knows he's under investigation by the FBI.
The White House has directed questions for details to outside legal counsel, which has not responded.
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Trump's decision to go after Rosenstein sparked widespread speculation in Washington that he may dismiss the deputy attorney general in yet another attempt to get past the Russian Federation investigation, although the likely effect of such a step would be to ignite a new political firestorm and claims that the President is abusing his power and mounting a coverup. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a statement. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office", said Feinstein. Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation".
As the legal rope has tightened, Trump's allies have gone on the offensive, questioning Mueller's credibility and floating the idea he may be fired. The Post said Mueller was looking into whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey or by allegedly asking Comey to ease up an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Mueller also hopes to talk with former NSA deputy director Richard Ledgett, who left the agency recently but wrote an internal NSA memo documenting the president's call with Rogers.
President Donald Trump has acknowledged for the first time that he is under federal investigation as part of the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.
Trump's tweets came 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 president tweeted: "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".
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