Who is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein?

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 U.S. elections.

In response to the stories, Trump, in tweets, expressed frustration, saying he is the target of "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history". But Comey has testified under oath that in a private meeting, Trump raised the investigation of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn - part of the larger Russian Federation probe - and said, "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

Before he met with the US President, Comey gathered his leadership team at the FBI and discussed the assurances that would be given to Trump regarding investigations against him.

However, Adam Schiff, a Democrat member of the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff, said the House would not tolerate Trump firing Mueller. "We are required to submit a budget within 60 days of the appointment for the current fiscal year and submit it for the Attorney General's review and approval".

Comey told the Senate hearing that he believed he was dismissed by Trump because he did not stop the FBI's investigation into Flynn. Trump tweeted out. "Witch Hunt".

Just a few weeks ago, Gingrich was praising Mueller as a man of integrity.

"Failure to follow these protocols could result in criminal or civil penalties, and could form the basis of legal claims, legal presumptions, or jury instructions relating to spoliation of evidence", the memo warns former Trump transition team members.

Others have pointed to news that Mueller interviewed with Trump for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director post after Comey's firing.

"I would give [Mueller] the chance to see if he could [conduct a fair investigation] because if there's nothing there, he's not gonna find anything anyway", Carson said.

INSKEEP: OK, so let's just remember The Washington Post reported that the president is under investigation by the special counsel for the possibility of obstruction of justice in the Russian Federation investigation.

Comey has told lawmakers to give the notes that he took after each of his nine meetings or phone calls with Trumps to Mueller.

He seemed to be referring to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general.

The Washington Post reported that Mueller had sought the testimony of several top intelligence officials, including Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, about Trump's requests that they intervene with Comey to block the Russian Federation investigation. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday. The White House has used a memo he wrote to justify Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, but that Trump action may now be part of the probe. Dianne Feinstein of California, promptly responded to Trump's speech with a statement warning that firing Rosenstein and Mueller would be met with fierce backlash.

The Twitter attacks came as Vice President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russian Federation investigation, with plans to hire more, according to his spokesman Peter Carr. Attention is focused on the question of obstruction simply because so much of Trump's campaign to deep-six the investigation has been conducted openly, at full volume.

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