He lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration with the unrelenting controversy that has consumed his early presidency. He took to Twitter, Thursday to rail on the prospects of being investigated for allegedly asking fired FBI Director James Comey to stop investigations into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
At an off-camera briefing for reporters, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders referred questions about the president's latest tweets to Trump's personal attorney.
Mueller was appointed to investigate whether Trump or his associates had links to Russian hackers, and Trump lacks the direct authority to dismiss him. Thursday night, Rosenstein issued an unusual statement complaining about leaks in the case. Coats and Rogers have testified that they were not pressured by the Trump administration.
Late on Thursday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who is overseeing the Russian Federation investigation - issued a statement saying the Justice Department does not confirm or deny the kind of allegations in news reports about the probe, and encouraging the public to be sceptical of them. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who said she's anxious that the President will try to fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.
"I appointed him; I stand by that decision, " he said. They have tried to highlight the positive reviews he received Wednesday when he made a statesman-like appearance in the White House to address the nation after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice.
"A special counsel investigating the president of the United States must first and foremost be beyond the question of conflict", he said.
Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself, Rosenstein is the Justice Department official directly responsible for matters relating to the investigation of Russian interference in the USA presidential election of 2016, including any possible role played by people associated with Donald Trump's campaign. "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", he said in the statement. But a department official said no one asked for the statement and Rosenstein acted on his own.
"He's driving this", the White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss West Wing internal deliberations. What is clear is that he could order the Justice Department to ax Mueller, which may result in Rosenstein's departure and would certainly intensify the uproar over the investigation.
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The White House confirmed Thursday that Mueller was interviewed, presumably about again running the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the day before he was named as special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in last year's presidential election.
Mueller's investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials.
Apart from Rosenstein and Sessions, the only confirmed Justice official is Rachel Brand, the associate attorney general, whom the Senate approved on a party-line vote. Trump fired Comey on May 9. "I will defend the integrity of that investigation".
President Donald Trump says it's "sad" that seven months of investigations and hearings into possible links between his campaign and Russian Federation have been fruitless.
The Post quoted five people briefed on the requests, saying those who agreed to be interviewed include national intelligence director Daniel Coats, Admiral Mike Rogers who heads the NSA, and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett.
The order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence hired an outside lawyer to represent his legal interests.
A person familiar with Trump's tweet said the President was referencing news reports that he is under investigation and was not indicating that he's been personally informed by the special counsel that he is a target of the probe. Cohen has worked for Trump since the mid-2000s and was active in the campaign.
The Senate Intelligence Committee has interviewed Johnson about the matter.