‘Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations,’ says Rod Rosenstein

President Donald Trump, in a furious Friday, June 16, 2017 morning message, confirmed that he is being investigated for his role in firing former FBI Director James Comey and seemed to accuse the deputy attorney general of overseeing a “witch hunt” against him.Mueller’s investigation began to focus on Trump after he fired then-FBI Director James Comey in May.At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers refused to say whether Trump asked them to intervene in the investigation, which is also examining whether the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian Federation during last year’s presidential campaign.The Washington Post reported Thursday that Mueller is widening his investigation to examine whether the president attempted to obstruct justice by seeking to alter the direction of the FBI’s investigation.Trump has called The Washington Post report a “phony story” and a “WITCH HUNT“.”The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal”, Mark Corallo, spokesman for attorney Marc Kasowitz, told dpa in an email.Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats has met with the Senate Intelligence Committee for more than three hours in a closed session as part of the panel’s probe into Russian interference in USA elections.President Trump’s latest tweet is bound to help special prosecutor Robert Mueller build an obstruction of justice case against him, and might even be an intentional effort by the commander-in-chief to get rid of the only man Mueller must report to, experts told the Daily News Friday. One transition official said Trump lashed out at reporters over old stories within a day of winning the election in November.”Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?” the President tweeted in the afternoon, as he said the Clintons deserved an obstruction of justice probe.Pence had been looking at hiring his own counsel for several weeks, and made his decision earlier this week after interviewing several candidates, his office said.The White House has said that Trump does not intend to fire Mueller, though he has the ability to. Still, the snowballing investigation has deeply angered Trump, who denies he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation. With just about a week to go before India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled arrive in Washington to meet Trump on June 26, the United States capital is awash with intrigue and suspense, with frequent parlor talk about if and when Trump will throw in the towel and the prospect of a “President Pence”.David Gergen, a political analyst for CNN, said that Trump’s legal team must be “going a little nuts” at this point. “So, it is not hard for me”, he said, arguing that while a new president and attorney general will have new priorities, the way the department peruses and prosecutes cases doesn’t change. Mueller is now leading the investigation into whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election. In the meeting, Trump requested that the men “put that recommendation in writing”, the White House has contended, prompting Rosenstein to offer a formal recommendation to Trump that Comey be fired because he mishandled the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. The Justice Department had no comment on Trump’s tweet Friday. And allies of former President Bill Clinton also raised concerns of political bias by Kenneth Starr, who led the Whitewater investigation that ultimately led to Clinton’s impeachment.