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Lawmakers criticize Trump’s tweets about Russian Federation investigation

Trump said he was “being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt”, the president wrote on Twitter.Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia’s meddling with the presidential election has been rampant.A career prosecutor who entered the administration with a reputation as a meticulous, nonpartisan lawyer, Rosenstein has been buffeted in his short time on the job by political storms – and now the extraordinary spectacle of being singled out on social media by the president. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller to oversee it in the wake of Comey’s ouster.And it was Rosenstein who appointed Robert Mueller as the special counsel to lead that investigation after Comey was sacked. President Donald Trump confirmed Friday, June 16, 2017, he was under investigation and appeared to take aim at a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.Rosenstein told a congressional panel this week that he was not in favour of firing Mueller without just cause.Questions about his recusal come after this odd statement late Thursday, in which Rosenstein himself referred to recent media reports about whether Trump was being investigated, saying, “Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations”.”Director Mueller is going to have the full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately”, Rosenstein said.If Mueller strays from the straight and narrow, Rosenstein should not hesitate to remove him and name someone else to serve as special counsel. “He is not going to allow Trump to bully him into recusing himself or not recusing himself”.A Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said that no one had asked Rosenstein to make the statement and that he acted on his own. “However, nothing has changed”. 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. Part of the revelations regarding the Russian Federation investigation and the firing of Comey has been that Trump repeatedly pushed top intelligence officials to say in public that Trump was not personally under investigation and that there was no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation in its supposed interference in the 2016 election.After Boente, the responsibility would fall to the US attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina and then the USA attorney for the Northern District of Texas.That drew concern from Democrats like Diane Feinstein, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, that Trump was not only considering firing Mueller but Rosenstein as well.”The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn’t apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired”, Feinstein said.There is also a third scenario besides dismissal and recusal.The White House has used a memo written by Mr Rosenstein to justify Mr Trump’s decision to sack Mr Comey, but that Trump action may now be part of the probe.With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can find some link between Trump and the Russians, he needs to let special counsel Robert Mueller follow the leads.