Russia investigation: Attorney General Rosenstein might recuse himself

After Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Trump said that Comey had told him three times that he was not under investigation.

The tweet was not confirmation that the president or his attorney has been informed by the Department of Justice or Mueller that Trump is the subject of an investigation.

The Justice Department's investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election is looking at Kushner's multiple roles in the Trump administration, including the Trump campaign's 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner's own contacts with Russians, according to United States officials briefed on the probe.

Following Comey's ouster, however, Rosenstein then appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor to take over the federal investigation into whether any Trump associates coordinated with Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 election.

Starr's op-ed follows comments he made on CNN's "New Day" Thursday morning in which he said there is now no obstruction of justice case against Trump, based on the evidence that has been made public so far.

Trump fired Comey last month, saying "this Russian Federation thing" was on his mind when he made the decision to oust the nation's top law enforcement official while Comey was leading the FBI's probe into Russia's meddling.

On Thursday Trump derided a "witch hunt" against him, led by some "very bad" people.

Although USA Today also noted that the tweet came shortly after a Washington Post report that Mueller's team is also investigating Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner's business dealings. The real question is whether Mueller will "have the courage" to ask questions about the "gullibility and overeagerness of the FBI, CIA and NSA to play in domestic politics due to their dislike of Mr Trump".

The president tweeted Friday, "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill. Trump desperately wanted the Russian Federation investigation to end.

In an attempt to inoculate the Trump administration from criticism over Comey, many top officials have heralded Rosenstein.

If Trump is acknowledging he is under investigation for obstruction for justice by Mueller, and if Trump attempts to fire or lean on Mueller, Rosenstein, or anyone else involved in such an investigation, it would seem almost impossible to argue Trump wasn't attempting to obstruct an investigation into himself.

Mueller is also investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, the Post reported Wednesday. The first time he told Trump was in his first meeting with the president before the inauguration on January 6.

And a third tweet contended that despite the "phony Witch Hunt" - Trump capitalized both words as if the phrase is a proper noun - the economy under his watch is booming.

CENTCOM later said that person was "unauthorized" to speak for the command and that the statement was "inappropriate".

Trump's comments came as lawyers for his presidential transition ordered former staffers to preserve all physical and electronic documents in order to comply with ongoing Russian Federation investigations. They will also seek information from retired NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett, the source said, because Ledgett wrote a memo documenting some of Rogers' conversations with Trump.

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