President Trump is not under investigation by special counsel, attorney says

If Rosenstein recuses himself, Brand, a Trump appointee, would become the top Justice official overseeing Mueller's work.

"Earlier, Rosenstein had authored an extensive and publicly-released memorandum recommending former FBI-chief James Comey's firing". Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit - including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich - have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal.

Attorney Jay Sekulow denied that Trump was speaking literally when he seemed to confirm on Twitter that he is now a focus of the special counsel probe into his campaign.

Trump is under pressure to reveal whether he has any tape recordings of private conversations with Comey. "But he's not yet made that momentous decision to go for a full-scale investigation". I really, truly believe that.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on the tweet.

It's unclear why Rosenstein issued the warning or whether anyone prompted him to do so.

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Rosenstein was among those who advised Sessions to recuse himself, according to officials briefed on the matter. That had not happened as of Friday afternoon, but the possibility remains. His tweet about a "WITCH HUNT" conducted by "bad" people is just a Trumpian version of what appears to be the official White House line - that this is somehow a partisan attempt to delegitimize the Trump presidency. Rosenstein also insisted Mueller's investigation would have the resources it needs.

In a series of statements on Twitter Thursday, Trump repeated his assertion that Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign is a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phony" premise of possible collusion between Russia and a cadre of Trump campaign associates. Among other roles, she was an official in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy under George W. Bush. "That will be yet more obstruction of justice if it happens". And, also, does Trump think Rosenstein did anything wrong? But because none of those positions have been filled by Senate-confirmed people, the job would fall to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Some leftist critics were quick to attack Oliver Stone, the director of "Snowden", a film about the American whistleblower who exposed widespread global snooping by the US National Security Agency (NSA), as "Putin's lapdog". Someone else would have to fill that role.

Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russian Federation probe since shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. Gingrich questioned Mueller's relationship to Comey.

Friday's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president over a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that the special investigation is being led by another former FBI director. 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.

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