Friday, 28 July, 2017

USA president not under investigation for obstruction: His attorney

Freda Brock | 19 June, 2017, 07:02

Mr Trump, he said, was merely responding to an anonymously sourced Washington Post report that said special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into links between Trump aides and Russian Federation had expanded to look at Mr Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies during a Senate Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing.

The president has directed some of his frustration at Rosenstein and Mueller. Sen.

A member of Donald Trump's personal legal team sent out to deny the president is under investigation, did just the opposite on "Fox News Sunday" - twice saying "he's being investigated".

Trump is under pressure to reveal whether he has any tape recordings of private conversations with Comey.

There is wide consensus that Trump is not doing himself any legal favors by repeatedly referring to it on Twitter.

Rosenstein wrote a memo last month noting concerns about Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation that the White House initially used to justify the removal of the FBI director.

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After two surgeries Wednesday immediately following the shooting, Scalise underwent a third surgery Thursday. The shooter was killed by police officers whose work won praise from Trump in his remarks.

Rosenstein made it clear in public statements and in congressional testimony that the new special counsel, though tasked with the Russian Federation investigation, could follow the evidence where it took him if related to that probe. That had not happened as of Friday afternoon, but the possibility remains.

The Democratic National Committee, in a statement Friday, said that Rosenstein, who has authority over Mueller, needs to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation and that control of the investigation should not be given to another presidential appointee. If Rosenstein recuses himself or is fired, it could be Brand's role to supervise the Mueller investigation and execute any lawful orders issued by her boss, the President of the United States.

That would be unsettling for a Justice Department where many top positions remain unfilled. If he fires Sessions, Rosenstein would become acting attorney general until the Senate confirms a permanent replacement. If the dominos continue to fall, one of five assistant attorneys general or the solicitor general would assume the role. Right now, that's Dana Boente, who is also acting as head of the department's National Security Division.

Sekulow went into damage control mode, "No, Chris, I said, let me crystal clear so that you completely understand".

On Friday, Trump himself tweeted that he was "being investigated for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director by the man who told me to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director". But that doesn't appear to violate any ethics rules, either, Slansky said. According to "sources" in an ABC News report on Friday, the deputy attorney general "has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' own recusal". Attention is focused on the question of obstruction simply because so much of Trump's campaign to deep-six the investigation has been conducted openly, at full volume. Robert Mueller is not that person. "So that - nothing has changed in that regard since James Comey's testimony".

Created almost 20 years ago by Clinton Attorney General Janet Reno, the special counsel was "the right answer", Starr said, because it while is within the executive branch of government, the role is "assured of practical independence through binding regulations".

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