Trump's deputy attorney general Rosenstein issues cryptic statement about anonymous sources

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a memo the White House used to justify the firing of the ex-FBI chief.

"Witch Hunt", Trump tweeted on Friday morning.

President Donald Trump walks with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster from the Oval Office to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., then onto Miami. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said she was "growing increasingly concerned" that Trump might attempt to fire both Mueller and Rosenstein. If that happens Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard PenceEx-Bush ethics lawyer: "Pence will soon become the president if Trump fires Mueller It's time for Mike Pence to come clean Dem: "Trump has "incredible emphasis on jobs, jobs, jobs" - for lawyers MORE will soon become the 46th President", former White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter wrote on Twitter.

Rosenstein was among those who advised Sessions to recuse himself, according to officials briefed on the matter.

"The President was not confirming the investigation".

Oddly enough, Boente was acting deputy attorney general when Sessions recused himself, and until Rosenstein was appointed.

Rosenstein's comments weren't attached to any particular story, though the Washington Post had just reported that Mueller's probe had expanded and investigators were looking into the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner's business dealings.

Tensions are building inside the Justice Department as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein contemplates whether he will become a witness in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections. But later, Trump said in an interview that he would have fired Comey "regardless" of Rosenstein's recommendation.

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But Trump is likely to be disappointed if he is ultimately seeking to stop the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, according to Cramer and members of Congress.

The order from the general counsel for the transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government. Although Trump is a known mercenary who won't hesitate to stab allies in the back when it suits him, he won't let go of his loyalty to Flynn.

But there was some evidence that Rosenstein's motivation may instead have been his own mounting frustration at seeing details of the law enforcement investigation appear almost daily in the news media.

Regardless of the chaos that could ensue in the leadership of the Justice Department, Mueller's investigation appears insulated, and much of the work of the department done by US attorneys across the country will continue, Cramer said.

In his conversations with Brand, Rosenstein told the No. 3 Justice Department official that she would take over these responsibilities if he chose to step aside. "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations".

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Trump aides first said the memo is what sparked the decision to oust the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, but Trump himself promptly undercut that explanation in an interview with NBC News in which he explicitly said Rosenstein's memo had nothing to do it.

"With this in mind", the memo said, "please immediately suspend any deletion, modification, overwriting, or other possible destruction of the information described above, including electronic information, and take all reasonable measures to preserve this information".

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