Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

HUD Secretary Ben Carson: Give Robert Mueller a chance on Russian Federation probe

HUD Secretary Ben Carson: Give Robert Mueller a chance on Russian Federation probe

In a message that journalists and political observers say looks like a shocking attack by a sitting president on his own Justice Department, President Donald Trump appeared to take aim at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in a Friday morning tweet. "Sad!" Trump tweeted Friday morning.

Earlier this week, The Washington Post reported Mueller was investigating the possibility the President obstructed justice by suggesting then-FBI Director James Comey drop an FBI investigation into Michael Flynn. ABC reported he was considering recusal, but the DOJ pushed back against the report.

Rosenstein generated a lot of buzz but little clarity Thursday night with a statement urging Americans to "exercise caution" when evaluating stories attributed to anonymous officials. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations", Rosenstein's full statement read.

If Rosenstein goes, who replaces him? The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

Comey testified it would be up to Mueller to decide whether Trump's action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office. Rosenstein also insisted Mueller's investigation would have the resources it needs.

The memo sent Thursday asks for records related to foreign travel, contacts with Russian "officials, agents or nationals" and background investigations into the top Trump associates now targeted by Mueller's probe. We've seen a real sort of Jekyll-and-Hyde display from the White House this week.

Rosenstein was among those who advised Sessions to recuse himself, according to officials briefed on the matter. The White House used the memo to justify Comey's firing.

But it was Rosenstein who later appointed Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the investigation into Russia's election meddling and any possible ties to the Trump campaign. And Trump himself took aim at the senior Justice Department official responsible for appointing Mueller, accusing him on Twitter of leading a "Witch Hunt".

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

"I think the president has placed an incredible emphasis on jobs, jobs, jobs this week - think about all the lawyers that got hired this week", Heck told MSNBC's Katy Tur, referring to the robust legal teams that have grown in light of the Russian Federation probe.

The preservation order covers any transition team information about Russian Federation or Ukraine, and it also seeks any records of background investigations of former national security adviser Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his business partner Rick Gates, former foreign policy adviser Carter Page and informal campaign adviser Roger Stone Jr.

"A special counsel investigating the president of the United States must first and foremost be beyond the question of conflict", he said. One day, Trump might be called to respond under oath, and these tweets will at the very least serve to cement his image as a dishonest broker. Cohen has worked for Trump since the mid-2000s and was active in the campaign. Cohen has already been subpoenaed by the House intelligence panel doing its own Russian Federation investigation.

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