Donald Trump confirms he is being investigated for obstruction of justice

Many speculated that this statement was in response to an anonymously-sourced Washington Post report claiming that Mueller was investigating the business dealings of Jared Kushner, a White House senior adviser and Trump’s son-in-law.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire the special prosecutor overseeing the Russian Federation investigation. “I think the best vindication for the president is to let the investigation go on independently and thoroughly”.The Post report came days after a Trump confidant, Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy, told PBS the president was “considering” firing Mueller.”I’d be insincere if I said it wasn’t a concern that the president would try to do it anyway”, the aide added.The ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Democrat Adam Schiff, responded forcefully by saying Mueller would be brought back “immediately”.Technically, it’s up to the attorney general to decide what to do with the special counsel.With Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused from investigations related to the 2016 presidential campaign, Rosenstein is the acting attorney general overseeing Mueller’s probe. That official argued Trump “shot himself in the foot again with this cockamamie scheme to get Mueller to play ball”.Republicans in Congress are also shaking off the notion that Trump could fire Mueller. Such a move would create a firestorm coming weeks after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.”There’s some real conflicts”, Ruddy said.Officials familiar with the matter describe friction on the Justice Department’s fourth and fifth floors, home to the suite of offices belonging to the deputy attorney general and the attorney general, respectively, in part because of Rosenstein’s handling of the Russian Federation matter.At a congresional hearing last week, Comey confirmed that he told Trump three times that Trump was not being investigated as part of the Russia-collusion probe, and Trump tweeted “total and complete vindication” at that time.In an August 21, 2013 file photo, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller speaks during an interview at Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Washington DC.Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One that “while the president has the right to” fire Robert Mueller, “he has no intention to do so”.”I’m not going to follow any orders unless I believe those are lawful and appropriate orders”. “If there were not good cause, it would not matter to me what anybody said”, he said. “And I’m not going to speculate on what he will, or will not, do”.They say Mr Trump did not collude with Russian Federation and see the investigation as a politically-motivated sham that handicaps his ability to execute his agenda, according to one person who advises the White House on how to handle the probe.