USA intelligence agencies concluded in a report issued in January that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race to try to help Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails damaging to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. He lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration with the unrelenting controversy that has consumed his early presidency.
Trump criticized an unnamed "man who told me to fire ..." Recent news reports have suggested Trump sought all three officials' help in pressuring FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.
Rosenstein told senators this week that only he can fire special counsel Mueller - and he won't.
Sen. Marco Rubio says it's best for the country to let the FBI's investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election take its course, and the Florida Republican tells CNN's "State of the Union" that's what he'd advise President Donald Trump. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office". They have tried to highlight the positive reviews he received Wednesday when he made a statesman-like appearance in the White House to address the nation after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice.
Democrats and Republicans alike have criticised his use of Twitter, particularly amid the investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election.
Rosenstein appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, in May while facing questions about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
Rosenstein did not explain why he issued the statement. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations", Rosenstein's full statement read. And it's up to him to decide how much to tell Rosenstein about the substance of the investigation itself. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.
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But a source close to the President told CNN's Jim Acosta that Trump has been advised to avoid such a dramatic move. What is clear is that he could order the Justice Department to ax Mueller, which may result in Rosenstein's departure and would certainly intensify the uproar over the investigation.
Mr Rosenstein took over the investigation into whether Russian Federation tried to tip the U.S. election in favour of Mr Trump, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight given his role in Trump's decision to fire Comey.
Mueller reports to Rosenstein on budget and staffing needs for his team. "Nice", Trump tweeted Thursday morning.
"They made up a phoney collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phoney story".
The Twitter attacks came as Vice President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation. Kushner is believed to have asked Kislyak about setting up a secure communications back channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin.
His time under Bush, Obama and then Trump made him the longest-serving USA attorney in the nation's history when he was confirmed to his current role under Sessions. He has already been subpoenaed by the House intelligence committee.