Preet Bharara, who had been the United States Attorney for the Southern District of NY, said Trump tried to create the same sort of patronage relationship with him that he did with Comey.
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote.
Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein submitted a widely circulated memo to the President last month raising concerns over Mr. Comey's performance, but Mr. Trump later asserted that he had already made the decision himself to fire Mr. Comey. Rosenstein will be put in the same position as Nixon Attorney General Elliot Richardson, and I think, like Richardson, he'll remove himself rather than carry out the corrupt order.
Painter's comments come as Trump and his allies cast doubt on Mueller's ability to conduct a fair investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. "Witch Hunt" he tweeted from the White House shortly before a day trip to Miami. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office".
Mr Trump yesterday announced the partial reversal of Barack Obama's Cuba policy, reimposing restrictions on travel and business in a move he said would "empower the Cuban people and hold the regime accountable".
Attorney Steve Ryan says Friday that Michael Cohen plans on cooperating "in all governmental inquiries".
Yet his angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid interfering in an active probe.
Mr Rosenstein has previously said that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will".
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They can also explore accusations that someone, such as Trump, tried to inhibit these proceedings.
"This is not a hypothetical exercise", said Cramer, who's managing director of consulting firm Berkeley Research Group LLC.
Brand was very recently confirmed as the No. 3 person in the Department of Justice - she's been acting as the associate attorney general for less than a month.
Even though Mueller is technically leading the investigation, the DOJ controls the funding for the investigation and can fire Mueller if the department decides it's warranted. 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.
Rosenstein oversees Mueller, but the deputy attorney general is not actually conducting the investigation. "I can go around them".
Since Rosenstein recommended the firing, he could be a witness in the case and ethically obligated to recuse himself. Trump has disputed both claims, saying flatly that he never asked Comey to drop the Flynn probe. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the laywer's internal order sent Thursday. Trump has expressed increasing dissatisfaction with the Justice Department since Mueller's appointment.
Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters about the ongoing Russian Federation controversy as he departed the White House Friday for Miami.
Vice President Mike Pence also has retained a private attorney for the Russian Federation probes, according to a Pence spokesman.