As acting attorney general in matters related to the presidential election - due to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal - Rosenstein has oversight over Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who The Washington Post reported has expanded the Russian Federation inquiry to include a probe of whether Trump obstructed justice.
Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said that the panel - overseeing one of several congressional investigations - is looking forward to getting a response from the White House on whether recordings exist. In fact, Trump is still fundraising, and he is actually using the Russian Federation investigation to try and entice his supporters to give him more money.
"He's not afraid of the investigation-there is no investigation... there is not an investigation of the president of the United States, period". The New York Times also reported that Mueller was seeking interviews with Coats, Rodgers and Ledgett, although the report only described these interviews as an "indication" that Mueller was investigating if Trump obstructed justice.
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The special counsel is leading a wide-ranging probe that includes the nature of any potential links between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
"The president wants to take down Bob Mueller ... and the question is why".
This comes as many legal experts and allies of President Trump say the Special Counsel should recuse himself due to his close ties with former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. It showed up again on the President's Twitter page when he said that the "distraction of the witch hunt" would not divert him from his Make America Great mission.
One possible problem with Kushner putting together a better legal team from which to seek advice than the President is he could turn on Trump in order to save himself.
Indeed, Wallace is correct that Sekulow has no way of knowing for sure whether or not Trump is the center of Mueller's investigation since Sekulow is not part of Mueller's team and therefore is not privy to knowledge about the investigation. "If you were a target, if you were being investigated, you would be told really quickly into the investigation". Of course, as the professor points out, Rosenstein's recusal is not terribly pressing, since the appointment of a special counsel removed him from the investigation anyway.
Asked on NBC where the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation stands, Sen.
"It looks like we have got a simmering tea kettle here, and the President seems to be testing the waters about whether he ought to go ahead and fire Robert Mueller", said Richard Ben-Veniste, a former Watergate prosecutor who is now a CNN legal analyst.
Whether Trump himself is under investigation at this stage also is still unclear.