But it was released shortly after The Washington Post reported - citing unnamed U.S. officials familiar with the matter - that the business dealings of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are being investigated by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump administration's potential ties to Russia. Mueller is leading the probe into Russian election meddling and possible collusion between Trump's campaign team and Russian officials.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board for his investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.
And though Trump has said that he planned to fire Comey regardless of the recommendation, he appeared to take a shot at his appointee on Twitter on Friday.
Rosenstein appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, in May while facing questions about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey. The source spoke on condition of anonymity.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has discussed the possibility of recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, according to a new report from ABC News.
Although Rosenstein testified to his independence, the paper tells us, "Mr. Trump has a different view of the chain of command, aides said, but he also knows that he can not afford to fire Mr. Rosenstein without prompting a massive backlash on Capitol Hill, even among Republicans". He said in a TV interview that he already chose to fire Comey even before the "memo" submitted by Rosenstein because he had the Russian investigation in his mind.
Comey testified last week that he also felt pressured to drop the Flynn probe. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.
Portugal hoping Ronaldo can continue his good form in Russia
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo exercises during a training session at the Arena in Kazan, Russia, on Saturday, June 17, 2017. Silva has been compared to a young Fernand Torres, the former Spain striker now playing for Atletico Madrid.
Trump spoke to Coats and Rogers about the Russian Federation investigation, according to officials.
The Russia issue has cast a shadow over Trump's five months in office.
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. Cohen has received a subpoena from one of the congressional committees looking into the Russian Federation issue. The attorney general was at a White House meeting when the notification came from Rosenstein, prompting the enraged President to scold the attorney general for the turn of events.
If Rosenstein recuses himself from oversight of the special counsel investigation, that role would fall to the Justice Department's No. 3 official, newly confirmed Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.
From 2011 until her confirmation, she was a lawyer for the US Chamber of Commerce business lobbying group's legal arm, which played a major role in marshalling legal opposition to environmental and labour regulations championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama. You don't have to be a Trump partisan to have concerns about where all of this headed. "Witch Hunt", the President tweeted. "But the deputy attorney general, who would have to sign off on Mr. Mueller's firing, has become a favorite target for Mr. Trump in conversations with advisers and friends".
Rosenstein had written a memo, which was publicly released, recommending to the president that Comey be axed.
USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race to try to help Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails damaging to his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.