Now Trump Is Going After Rod Rosenstein For Russia ‘Witch Hunt’

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the finances and business dealings of Trump son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner, in relation to his investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing USA officials familiar with the matter.The lawyer for the president’s son-in-law and close adviser said there was nothing surprising about the Post’s report.In a series of statements on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Trump repeated his claim that Mr Mueller’s investigation is a “WITCH HUNT” based on the “phoney” premise of possible collusion between Russian Federation and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.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.But Senate investigators continue to press other top officials of the U.S. Intelligence Community for details about their own recent contacts with President Trump, which have been reported to include appeals to help end the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Russian election meddling.USA TODAY previously reported that the FBI was investigating Kushner for his contact with Russian officials, but there was no word at that time that his financial dealings were part of the probe.In March, CNN reported Kushner had “relationship meetings” with Russia’s ambassador Sergey Kislyak and with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov to discuss issues like sanctions.Politico said Rosenstein’s comments caught many in Washington by surprise, partly because he didn’t specify the news reports.”I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!” The White House referred to Trump’s outside legal counsel when asked if the president was specifically referring to Rosenstein.Trump has vociferously denied any wrongdoing and denied any suggestions of his campaign or White House colluding with the Russians.Trump’s latest tweets suggested that the raging conflict within the American ruling class-spawned by differences over foreign policy, in relation to the Syrian war but more generally involving US-Russian relations-could be reaching a new point of explosion.Democrats and Republicans alike have criticised his use of Twitter, particularly amid the investigation into Russia’s interference in last year’s presidential election. Comey confirmed that in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.He first labelled Clinton “extremely careless” in handling the nation’s secrets and yet let her go scot free.Comey told lawmakers he gave notes he had taken after that meeting and his other eight meetings or phone calls he had with Trump to Mueller. Coats later told lawmakers he never felt pressured to intervene.Trump: “Oh, I was going to fire regardless of recommendation”. He has entertained the idea, but his staff discouraged the president because it would only worsen the bad situation Trump is in by making it a catastrophe.