Trump’s young presidency has been battered by allegations under investigation both by Congress and the FBI that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favor, in possible collusion with Trump’s campaign team. The revelation led many to believe Trump was planning on firing Rosenstein from the justice department, or that the deputy Attorney General had possibly refused to fire Mueller on Trump’s behalf.
That’s critical given that Comey’s sworn testimony regarding the pressure put on him by Trump to leave off an investigation into deposed national security adviser Michael Flynn runs directly counter to Trump’s assertions about their conversations.
Several top intelligence officials have agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s team, according to reports in both The Washington Post and New York Times.
Second, by “the man who told me to fire the FBI Director” Trump appears to be referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “The president of the United States is presently under criminal investigation”. “And to the best of my recollection, during that same period of service, I do not recall ever feeling pressured to do so”.
Trump vehemently denies any collusion between himself or any of his associates and Russian Federation. First, it is the president himself acknowledging that he is, in fact, under investigation for possible obstruction of justice-something even on Thursday the White House would not acknowledge.
On Wednesday, the Post reported that Mueller, the special counsel, who was appointed after the firing of FBI director James Comey, is now looking at whether Trump attempted to obstruct the investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Moscow by leaning on Comey to drop the probe.
The Post report cited anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators.
That would make Trump a subject of a sprawling inquiry that he repeatedly said has no merit. But Trump certainly has one thing right: His presidency is imperiled so long as Mueller compels witnesses to testify, accumulates written evidence and traces the myriad of ties between the Trump team and Russians.
Graham also wants to question Comey about his leaking of a memo to the press in order to prompt the naming of a special counsel.
The new tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses from the president over a report by the Washington Post that Mr Mueller was looking into whether Mr Trump obstructed justice.
It stands to reason that the circumstances surrounding Comey’s firing would now be at the center of Mueller’s query.
On Monday a friend of Trump’s, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy, claimed that Trump was “considering perhaps terminating the special counsel” – an action that would ultimately have to be made by Rosenstein.
The appointment of Mueller – who was Federal Bureau of Investigation chief under both Democratic and Republican presidents, and held that post during the 9/11 atttacks – was generally praised by members of both parties, and confidence in his professionalism was professed again during Tuesday’s testimony by Attorney General Jeff Sessions before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
A spokesman for the office of the special counsel declined to comment, and so did a representative for the director of National Intelligence.