US Justice Dept. issues warning against believing anonymous sources

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's name was on the statement pushed out on Thursday, imploring Americans to be careful believing what comes from "anonymous sources".

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner sits with his wife Ivanka Trump (L) at President Donald Trump's joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. March 17, 2017.

The statements from both men come as Washington struggles to make sense of investigations into the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russian Federation - and the White House's ever-changing response to those investigations.

"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", the statement continues. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations". They have to-it's often the only way government employees can speak candidly and without fear of retribution-otherwise, reporters are forced to rely on official statements on government letterhead and nothing else.

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The statement - which came without context or reference to any story in particular - left many feeling confused.

Wednesday's Washington Post article caused a firestorm in the White House on Thursday, particularly because President Trump had been trying so hard to prove that he was not a focus of the Russian Federation investigation. It not immediately made clear if the statement was in reference to a specific story.

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