Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein issued a statement late Thursday night that warned Americans to "be skeptical" of stories based on anonymous sources after reports in recent days about the focus of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.
Rosenstein did not mention any specific report, but his comments came after The Washington Post reported President Donald Trump is the subject of an obstruction of justice probe, Politico noted. Rosenstein had written a scathing memo criticizing Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which the White House initially cited as the impetus for Comey's ouster.
Rosenstein was among those who advised Sessions to recuse himself, according to officials briefed on the matter. 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. And it's up to him to decide how much to tell Rosenstein about the substance of the investigation itself. Mueller is now leading the investigation into whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.
If Rosenstein recuses himself, Brand, a Trump appointee, would become the top Justice official overseeing Mueller's work. That had not happened as of Friday afternoon, but the possibility remains.
They are building a case for firing Mueller. Rosenstein also insisted Mueller's investigation would have the resources it needs.
Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russian Federation probe since shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations", Rosenstein's full statement read.
That would be unsettling for a Justice Department where many top positions remain unfilled. Still, the snowballing investigation has deeply angered Trump, who denies he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation. But a department official said no one asked for the statement and Rosenstein acted on his own.
Mr Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia Attorney-General and U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mr Mueller. Someone else would have to fill that role.
His morning missive apparently referred to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general whose role leading the federal investigation has become increasingly complicated.
But it was released shortly after The Washington Post reported - citing unnamed United States officials familiar with the matter - that the business dealings of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are being investigated by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump administration's potential ties to Russia. Robert Mueller is not that person.
Kind of. Allegations of commingling between politics and law enforcement are age-old and standard, even when there's not a special counsel. "But I asked him to, because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel".
Although he was brought on to lead the Russian Federation investigation, Mueller is allowed to look beyond it.
Open - one fewer than the number who had done it over the first 116 years of what had been known as the toughest test in golf. Brian Harman, who had the lead coming into the day, made a long birdie putt on No. 3 to join Koepka on top.
Juan Lagares underwent successful surgery today at the Hospital for Special Surgery to fix a fracture in his left thumb. NY is also 4-1 in Gsellman's last five road starts and the over is 13-2-3 in the Mets' last 18 Tuesday games.
On June 4, the four Gulf countries made a decision to sever ties with Qatar over its alleged funding of terrorist groups. Turkey has criticized the decision and authorized the deployment of additional troops to Qatar in a show of support.
To me, the coolest element of this whole thing is the way Curry has gone from two-time MVP to second in command to Kevin Durant . But history turned to infamy when they blew a 3-1 lead to the Cavaliers , the biggest collapse in NBA Finals history.
The Left parties are likely to demand a joint opposition candidate just as they did in 2003 when NDA nominated APJ Abdul Kalam. Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee didn't seem happy with the Kovind's candidature.
Amir struck just three balls into India's reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with an inswinger. But he only looked to be delaying the inevitable and a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja saw him run out for 76.
That will only expand the Warriors' payroll and force the Warriors to make tough choices about who should get the bigger contract. The Cleveland Cavaliers are averaging 114.7 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 106.5 points on 45.4 percent shooting.
Vanzella said she saw police put a man into a police auto and take him away, but she didn't see them arrest him. In a statement at 4.46am they said the incident was being investigated by counter-terrorism police .
Afghan officials: a foreign citizen kidnapped in Kabul
According to a senior government official, the man was abducted from outside his house in PD3 in Karte Char area early Sunday. An American citizen who is living in Afghanistan was kidnapped on his way to work on Sunday, Kabul police said.