U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has privately acknowledged 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, ABC News reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.
If Rosenstein were to recuse himself, Brand - who other than Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Session is the only other Senate-confirmed official in the entire agency at the moment - would take over his responsibilities.
"I'm growing increasingly concerned that the president will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller".
"There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation", Mr Sekulow said.
Jay Sekulow appeared on CNN's State of the Union with Jake Tapper and said Trump's Friday tweet that seemed to confirm that he was being investigated for firing former FBI director James Comey was not a confirmation of an investigation.
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In a series of tweets, Trump attacked the investigation of his campaign's ties to Russia as a "witch hunt" and wrote that "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".
Trump's Friday tweet was the first official confirmation that he is being investigated by the special counsel over the reasons he fired Comey last month.
"Let me be clear here". Now there's some question of whether President Trump wants to fire Mueller. Mueller was tasked with taking over the executive branch's investigation into alleged Russian interference and potential collusion between Russia and Trump's associates. They are former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, his business partner Rick Gates, a national security adviser Carter Page, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and informal Trump adviser Roger Stone. He said he believes Mr Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation".
Trump fired Comey on May 9, citing recommendations made to him by Rosenstein. White House officials had no case ready for the dismissal of Comey and received heavy criticism for the conflicting explanations about his departure.
Gingrich, who worked as a strategist for Trump and appears as his surrogate on television, argued on Twitter earlier this week that "Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair".