Deputy AG Rosenstein May Recuse Himself from Russia Investigation

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Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. But now Trump is under investigation-for firing Comey.

The president suggested on Twitter that he may have taped conversations.

Jay Sekulow, a lawyer who is part of a team hired by Trump to deal with allegations of collusion by his campaign with Moscow, made the rounds on Sunday talk shows to cast doubt on media reports citing unnamed sources - and to add nuance to a straightforward claim Trump made on Friday that he was under investigation. So which is it? The Comey dismissal could become part of a widening investigation into whether the President tried to interfere with the ongoing Russian Federation probe. Under the regulation, special counsel Mueller may be fired only for good cause. The memo included stinging criticism of the FBI director's handling of the investigation of Hillary Clinton's email. The presidents response was as it related to "The Washington Post" report. Democrats and progressives decried what was done to the Clintons.

"I think he's weighing that option", he said of Trump.

"(Mueller) will be closely watched", Starr writes.

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"I don't believe it's going to happen", said Rubio on CNN's "State of the Union". If Rosenstein steps back, the new third-in-command at the DOJ, Rachel Brand, will take charge.

That would not solve his problems, of course.

In a series of statements on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Trump repeated his claim that Mr Mueller's investigation is a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phoney" premise of possible collusion between Russian Federation and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.

On Thursday night, he issued a statement lashing out at news stories sourced to anonymous officials and that he believes are causing the President and Republicans to attack the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller for alleged leaks. According to the same AP/NORC poll, the president's job disapproval rating has jumped to 64 percent (with 35 percent approving of his job performance), with 65 percent responding that they believe Donald Trump has no respect for America's democratic institutions. When Comey was deputy attorney general in the Bush administration, he appointed a close friend and former colleague, Patrick Fitzgerald, as special counsel to investigate who leaked the identity of Valerie Plame, a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer. Firing Comey was a grave mistake. Rosenstein also has the authority to fire Mueller, a point he made in Senate testimony earlier this week. If Trump would seriously consider firing Sessions, it stands to reason that he would dispose of Comey.

Mueller has assembled a high-powered team of top investigators and leading experts, including seasoned attorneys who've represented major American companies in court and who have worked on cases ranging from Watergate to the Enron fraud scandal. But America's laws today are a web in which even the most innocuous citizen can get tangled-a citizen who has business dealings with figures as corrupt as many Russian businessmen and officials tend to be is nearly certainly open to prosecution on one technicality or another, as is anyone who talks to federal investigators and tells even the smallest of lies.

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