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18 June 2017, 01:40 | Katrina Lee
The tweet was not confirmation that the president or his attorney has been informed by the Department of Justice or Mueller that Trump is the subject of an investigation.
Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest. Trump said on Twitter, calling the probe into him a "Witch Hunt".
It was unclear whether the president was referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
ABC News reported on Friday that Rosenstein has privately said he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation probe, given that he could become a potential witness in the investigation.
Brand was confirmed as the No. 3 Justice Department official on a 52-46 vote in the Senate on May 18, with Democrats lining up against her.
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One indication that Trump knows Mueller's in a different league than the real estate and contractor lawyers he usually faces, is that he and his minions have begun a campaign to discredited and cast doubt on Mueller, despite Trump once having Mueller on his short list to replace Comey.
The new development Thursday appears to be that the inquiry has shifted to Mueller.
"He's driving this", the White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss West Wing internal deliberations. Trump initially used that memo along with a recommendation from Sessions to justify firing Comey. "Witch Hunt", Trump said in an early morning tweet.
"Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law", Feinstein said. 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.
Sessions recused himself from oversight of the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign in March after it emerged that he held two undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador a year ago. The intelligence committee is the lead congressional panel on the Russian Federation hacking scandal, including highly publicized hearings with fired FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "However, nothing has changed".
John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, told reporters Thursday that Rosenstein shouldn't recuse himself.
His transition team was ordered to preserve documents related to the Russian Federation investigation by the team's general counsel's office, according to The New York Times on Friday. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday. The memo asks for preservation of electronic communications and data, telephone logs, audio recordings, videos, calendars and other items.
Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters about the ongoing Russian Federation controversy as he departed the White House Friday for Miami.
The Postreports the other members include: 'former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who was listed as a foreign-policy adviser for the campaign'.
Multiple committees in both houses of Congress are investigating the same thing. But soon after the abrupt termination, Trump told NBC News that he had been going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendations.
It directs recipients to turn over relevant documents to the presidential transition team.
The White House has directed questions to outside legal counsel, which has not responded.
On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence took what he later described as a "very routine" step of hiring outside counsel to represent him.
As Trump's No. 2 and as head of the transition team, Pence has increasingly found himself drawn into the widening Russian Federation investigation.
Cohen has worked for Trump since the mid-2000s and was active in the campaign. He has already been subpoenaed by the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee.
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