President Donald Trump acknowledged yesterday he is under investigation in a probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign - and seemed to assail the Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry.
Trump is facing "obstruction of justice" charges after abruptly firing Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) James Comey who claimed before a Senate Committee last week that Trump pressured him to close investigations into Russian Federation election meddling.
Rosenstein is the only official who could fire Mueller, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself from the probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential campaign and whether anyone close to Trump colluded with the Russians.
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SUSAN COLLINS: If President Trump ordered you to fire the special counsel, what would you do? 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. Painter was President George W. Bush's chief White House ethics lawyer from 2005 to 2007. "Actually, what I'm trying to get is a straight answer out of you". If they find none, I'm certain Mueller will forthrightly report that fact - but only after completing a proper investigation, which takes time.
"I can't read people's minds, but I can tell you this, we have not been notified that there's an investigation of the president of the United States".
Trump has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking. What makes this discussion so weird is that not only does the President appear to be the subject of an investigation but as a factual matter there's nearly no question that he's guilty.
"Well, I wish it were that simple, but with all due respect, the president said "I am being investigated" in a tweet" a baffled Tapper responds. It was a tactic that earned him incredulous pushback from his interviewers, all of whom pointed to Trump's own tweets.
"Now my sources are telling me that he's begun some preliminary planning, plans to talk to some people in the administration, but he has not made that momentous decision to go for a full-scale investigation", Thomas said.
Mr Sekulow's comments seemed to establish the position the president will take on the Mueller investigation, in any public testimony which the attorney said the president was still willing to give. So the president's response - I wanna be crystal clear here - the president's response was as it related to the Washington Post report.