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19 June 2017, 03:23 | Melissa Porter
Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation last month, testified to lawmakers Tuesday that he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller and that he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly.
The Washington Post, citing unidentified officials, reported on Wednesday special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the Republican president for possible obstruction of justice.
United States president Donald Trump is lashing out after a report he is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, dismissing as "phoney" the idea his campaign colluded with any Russian effort to sway the 2016 USA election.
Earlier this month, Rosenstein told The Associated Press 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". "Witch Hunt", the president wrote.
"After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".
Ruddy, who had been at the White House on Monday, told PBS that Trump is considering terminating the special counsel.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russian Federation investigation, with plans to hire more, according to his spokesman Peter Carr.
Rosenstein brought up the possibility of recusing himself during a meeting with the Justice Department's third-in-command - behind Sessions and Rosenstein - Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, ABC News reported.
President Trump acknowledged he's under investigation Friday in his latest Twitter spree - again insisting that there's a "witch hunt" against him for axing FBI director James Comey.
The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent wasn't getting the same scrutiny.
"They made up a phoney collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phoney story. Nice", Mr. Trump wrote in his first tweet.
Vice President Mike Pence has also hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.
Mueller's investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials.
He was answering accounts that he is personally being investigated for obstruction of justice with a characteristic scorched-earth defense: claiming mistreatment of historic proportions and calling into question the probity of his accusers. The newspaper noted Mueller had requested interviews with CIA Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.
It was unclear whether the president's comment confirming he was under investigation was based on direct knowledge or media reports that Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey. While the investigation had originally been focused on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, the Post reported, the obstruction inquiry began after Trump fired Comey.
Comey testified before a Senate panel last week that Trump spoke privately with him several times, including by telephone and at White House meetings.
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