Trump appeared to take a subtle swing at Rosenstein during his tweets today, and new reports are saying that the Deputy Attorney General might recuse himself from the Russian Federation probes as well. That would leave supervision of the Mueller probe to Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, a a Harvard law graduate who clerked for Justice Anthony M. Kennedy and ran the Office of Legal Policy at the Justice Department.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional panels are investigating the Russian Federation issue, which has cast a shadow over the early months of Trump's presidency.
US President Donald Trump announced he is under investigation and appeared to attack a senior Department of Justice official Friday, as the federal investigation consuming his administration gathered pace.
Potentially complicating matters, Trump posted an exasperated message today on Twitter, dismissing the Russia-related probe as a "witch hunt" and lamenting that he's "being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"
Painter, meanwhile, explained to The News Friday that Trump's latest tweet also signals he is trying to lay the groundwork for a case to have Rosenstein recuse himself - which would further complicate, or delay the progress of, any potential case against him.
Rosenstein has defended Mueller and said he wouldn't fire him without good cause. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who said she's anxious that the President will try to fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.
US employers pulled back on hiring in May by adding only 138,000 jobs, though the gains were enough to help nudge the unemployment rate down to a 16 year-low.
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Fake NewsFox News have confirmed that this was all Rosenstein's shade to catch:Rosenstein's May memo critical of ex-FBI Director James Comey's performance was among the reasons cited by Trump and others in Comey's firing.
In another sign the investigation is expanding, lawyers for the Trump transition team issued a memo Thursday instructing those who worked for the transition to preserve documents in anticipation that investigators will request those materials for the probe into Russian interference into last year's presidential election.
Postscript: Rosenstein sent out a very odd press statement last night, urging Americans to be skeptical of reports based on anonymous sources.
Rosenstein wrote a memo to the president that implicitly recommended that Comey be terminated as Federal Bureau of Investigation director. Rosenstein, who would be responsible for actually dismissing Mueller, told US lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause.
The president watches hours of TV news coverage every day - especially morning shows, which he sometimes records and watches in the evening - and complains about the reports nonstop.
Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently confirmed President Trump's tweets are in fact official statements. But soon after the abrupt termination, Trump told NBC News that he had been going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendations. With just about a week to go before India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled arrive in Washington to meet Trump on June 26, the U.S. capital is awash with intrigue and suspense, with frequent parlor talk about if and when Trump will throw in the towel and the prospect of a "President Pence".
Earlier this week, a friend of Trump said the president was considering it.