Russian Federation probe causes tension among top officials at Justice Department

He has also started to direct some of his anger at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, according to the AP and the New York Times. Meanwhile, no doubt relying on Mueller's sterling reputation, Rosenstein gave the special counsel free rein on staffing.

Mueller is the former FBI director heading the investigation into the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russian Federation and Trump's alleged obstruction of justice in light of his firing former FBI Director James Comey.

Rosenstein played a role in that decision, his memo critical of Comey, was initially used by the White House to justify the termination.

The president's legal team has attempted to throw Mr. Mueller's appointment as special counsel into question; arguing that Mr. Mueller's relationship with Mr. Comey compromises the former's ability to conduct a fair and unbiased investigation.

The President has been advised, on numerous occasions, to avoid commenting on both the Russian probe and social media. The deputy attorney general said he won't follow those orders unless they are "lawful and appropriate". Does that mean the tapes exist at this moment, but if they don't match the Trump version of events, they'll soon fail to exist?

"Nothing he's tweeted has caused me any issues whatsoever", he said.

A USA official who is familiar with the rough outlines of the probe and who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters on Thursday that Mueller was also examining whether Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation.

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In addition, the poll found that not many Americans believe special prosecutor Robert Mueller will carry out a fair and impartial investigation.

"Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law".

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Senate Intelligence Committee member, said she was "increasingly concerned" Trump would try to fire not only Mueller, but also Rosenstein.

But in recent weeks, the main narrative has been that Trump committed obstruction of justice when he exercised his constitutional right to fire FBI Director James Comey.

Rosenstein has authority over the inquiry because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself on March 2 after revelations of previously undisclosed meetings with Russia's ambassador to Washington while he was a Trump campaign adviser.

Some the legal community are saying Rosenstein should stay on, to protect the investigation's integrity, but others say he will need to recuse himself because he wrote the memo the Trump administration at first said was the justification for firing Comey, although Trump later said he'd made the decision himself.

"The tweet from the President was in response to the five anonymous sources that were purportedly leaking information to The Washington Post about a potential investigation of the president", Sekulow continued.

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