Justice Department Says Rod Rosenstein Isn't Recusing Himself From Russia Investigation

The federal investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, is reportedly examining whether Trump's actions rise to the level of obstruction of justice. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote in his tweet. In that case, Rosenstein could be called as a witness.

White House aides have been instructed to not talk about Russian Federation investigation, but that doesn't apply to the President.

Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, and has told lawmakers he would only fire him with good cause.

She also echoed concern that the president will try to fire Mueller and Rosenstein.

Feinstein added, "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office".

Kushner's attorney said such a review would be "standard practice".

The tweet came around 9:10 a.m. Friday.

In a series of tweets, Trump lashed out against the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election.

It's unclear why Rosenstein issued the warning or whether anyone prompted him to do so.

But a department official said no-one asked for the statement and Mr Rosenstein acted on his own.

Sessions learned of the Mueller appointment at about the same time that the press was told, according to people briefed on the matter.

Mr. Mueller's investigation appeared to be reaching a circle of current and former officials. This week, Rosenstein assured members of Congress he would not remove Mueller - except for good cause. Trump said on Twitter, appearing to refer to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not expect Trump to seek to fire them.

The focus on Rosenstein sharpened Friday because the President attacked the deputy attorney general in a tweet, blaming him for what he terms a "witch hunt".

Yet Trump's angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active investigation. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the laywer's internal order sent Thursday.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the release of that statement by Rosenstein, whether it was in response to recent stories that suggested the President was under investigation for obstruction of justice, or some other reason.

Former FBI chief James Comey's testimony has clearly stated that Trump tried to stop the investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

What do you think of the current turn of events in the White House?

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