The nice things Trump and others said about Rod Rosenstein


President Trump said, quote, "I am being investigated for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director by the man who told me to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director - exclamation point - witch hunt".

Trump slammed the development as political witch hunt.

The Democratic National Committee called on Mr Rosenstein to recuse himself from the Russian Federation matter, but it said authority over the investigation should be given to Mr Mueller and not another Trump appointee. The tweets were the latest in a week of angry social media responses from the president over a report by the "Washington Post" that Mr Mueller was looking into whether Mr Trump obstructed justice.

The president tweeted Friday, "Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great".

The President's tweet sparked immediate speculation about the future of the official, Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo recommending Comey be ousted and also later approved the appointment of a special counsel - Robert Mueller - to lead the Russian Federation probe.

Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was "increasingly concerned" that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.

"Sad!" the president tweeted Friday. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office". The White House has denied any collusion.

He also returned to attacking Hillary Clinton, who he defeated in the Presidential election by virtue of the electoral college (while losing the popular vote) by tweeting, "Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, "bleached" emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?"

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US President Donald Trump has said that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, confirming reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is overseeing a probe into the alleged Russian interference in the American presidential election. But a department official said no one asked for the statement and Rosenstein acted on his own. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

Pence hired Richard Cullen, chairman of law firm McGuireWoods and a former federal prosecutor who has long ties to Comey, to help him respond to inquiries from Mueller, a spokesman said.

INSKEEP: The Department of Justice is so determined ordinarily not to comment on ongoing investigations that even putting out a statement saying news accounts may be wrong or not sounds like a comment, actually.

There has been no indication that Mueller told Trump to fire Comey.

Rosenstein apparently broached the topic during a meeting with Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, who is third in command at the DOJ behind Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

But beyond the legal implications, Trump's tirades along with those of his surrogates appeared to open up one of the first public rifts between Trump and congressional Republicans, who have until now worked overtime to stay out of Trump's crosshairs. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the laywer's internal order sent Thursday.

In recent weeks, there has been a lot of reporting that Trump has grown frustrated that there is a "Russia cloud" hovering over his presidency and wants to find a way to remove it.