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Roger Stone to Trump: Fire Mueller and Rosenstein

Mueller’s position gives him much leeway, and Trump allies are anxious that this will lead to charges completely unrelated to the investigation into Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign.The focus on Rosenstein sharpened Friday because the President attacked the deputy attorney general in a tweet, blaming him for what he terms a “witch hunt”.In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump, who has been putting together his own team of outside lawyers to represent him, called the Post’s report Wednesday that he is being investigated for collusion “phony”.Other presidents have managed to compartmentalize investigations and go about the business of governing, but Trump seems consumed by the Mueller probe.Gingrich tweeted Thursday that the revelation that Mueller is looking into obstruction of justice charges makes him the “anti-Trump special counsel”. Citing unnamed sources, ABC reported Rosenstein told Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand she would have authority over the probe if he were to step aside. Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller on May 17 as special counsel to head the inquiry into the Russian Federation matter. Comey later revealed that he orchestrated a disclosure of details about conversations with Trump to prompt the appointment of a special counsel.Rosenstein was among those who advised Sessions to recuse himself, according to officials briefed on the matter.Tensions are building inside the Justice Department as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein contemplates whether he will become a witness in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 United States elections.During an appearance in Florida on Friday, Vice President Mike Pence said his hiring of his own lawyer to help him in the Russian Federation inquiry was a “very routine” move.They say senior intelligence officials will be interviewed about whether Mr Trump tried to end an inquiry into his sacked national security adviser.The Democratic National Committee said it saw a need for Rosenstein to recuse himself, but it said control over the investigation should be given to Mueller and not another Trump appointee.In another tweet, Mr Trump said: “After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians, ‘ nobody has been able to show any proof”. Last month, news surfaced that Kushner may have discussed creating a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin with Kislyak.Citing a memo from the general counsel’s office of Trump’s transition team, the Times said members were given the order on Thursday for any information involving Russian Federation or Ukraine in the latest sign of the investigation’s expanding reach.Yet Trump’s angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active probe. He is reportedly interviewing three top intelligence officials – Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and retired deputy NSA director Richard Ledgett – as part of the probe as early as this week. 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. But as the special counsel investigation progresses the vice president’s account as a possible witness may become more relevant.