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Trump acknowledges he is under investigation in alleged Russian Federation meddling

"Such a law should allow for the reappointment of Bob Mueller, someone who has served Presidents of both parties and whom Democrats and Republicans have come to admire", he wrote. "And that has been the case for almost a year".

Rosenstein was the Justice Department official who drafted a memo to the President alleging numerous deficiencies in the performance of then-FBI Director James Comey.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, to whom the special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election now reports, has privately discussed the possibility that he may need to recuse himself from the matter, according to ABC News.

(CNN) The President's latest Twitter attack on the special counsel investigation by Robert Mueller is likely to claim a new victim: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the lawyer at least nominally in charge of the investigation.

Rosenstein could eventually be questioned by Mueller about his memo on Comey and what motivated Trump to ask him to write it.

Mr Rosenstein has said privately he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation probe because he could become a witness in the investigation, ABC News reported on Friday.

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"Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials, ' particularly when they do not identify the country - let alone the branch or agency of government - with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated", Rosenstein said.

Rosenstein sees no reason at this point to recuse himself, the Justice Department said Friday.

It wasn't clear whether the President was basing his tweet on direct knowledge that he is under investigation, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the President obstructed justice by firing Mr. Comey in May 2017 amid the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released a new poll this week, and it found that approximately 61% of surveyed Americans believe that Trump tried to "obstruct the investigation" into Russia's 2016 election interference. Mr. Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia Attorney-General and US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mr. Mueller.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Senate Intelligence Committee member, said she was "increasingly concerned" Trump would try to fire not only Mueller, but also Rosenstein. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight of the probe given his own role in Comey's firing.



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