Trump lashes out at 'bad' and 'conflicted' Russia investigators

"Witch Hunt" he tweeted.

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia's meddling with the presidential election has been rampant.

On Thursday, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein issued a statement that "Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials, ' particularly when they do not identify the country - let alone the branch or agency of government - with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated".

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".

Rosenstein was the one to make the decision because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

Rosenstein wrote a memo in May to Trump strongly criticising FBI Director James Comey's performance. But Trump later said in a television interview that he fired Comey at least in part because he was frustrated over the Russian Federation investigation Comey was leading. Comey testified that Trump directed him in February to drop an FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn relating to the Russian Federation matter.

Spicer also defended Rosenstein, telling Fox Business on the night of the firing that he is "someone who has earned bipartisan support and most recently served as the USA attorney for Maryland under President Obama". The probe has reportedly expanded to include whether Trump fired Comey in an attempt to obstruct justice. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office".

Rosenstein brought up the possibility of recusing himself during a meeting with the Justice Department's third-in-command - behind Sessions and Rosenstein - Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, ABC News reported. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight of the probe given his own role in Comey's firing. In March, Sessions recused himself from decision-making in the investigation.

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. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

It also asks former transition officials to retain records related to five former Trump campaign associates: former campaign chairman Paul Manafort; his deputy Rick Gates; former foreign policy adviser Carter Page; retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn; and Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser.

But at the White House today, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged to reporters that Mueller had been at the White House - just the day before he was appointed as Special Counsel, as she said it was a job interview.

"[Vice President] Mike Pence hired a lawyer, everybody else is hiring a lawyer".

Earlier this week, a friend of Trump said the president was considering it.

But Rosenstein has privately told people at the Justice Department, as ABC News first reported, that he may need to step aside from his role supervising the special-counsel investigation, according to officials familiar with the conversations. The Russian bank, Vnesheconombank, which has been the subject of US sanctions following Russia's annexation of Crimea, has said the session was held for business reasons because of Kushner's role as head of his family's real estate company.

"They made up a phoney collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phoney story".

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