HUD Secretary Ben Carson: Give Robert Mueller a chance on Russian Federation probe

20 June, 2017, 13:11 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Rod Rosenstein

"Witch Hunt", Trump tweeted on Friday morning.

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.

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