This isn't especially healthy, but the president can't seem to help himself. Nearly daily since then, Trump has blasted the investigation as a "Witch Hunt!;" actually the greatest political witch hunt in the history of the nation.
Someone please take away his phone. If Trump fired Rosenstein, Brand might resign because she and Rosenstein were nominated together, have a close working relationship and went through their confirmation hearings as a team.
Mueller is investigating Russian interference in USA elections and possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign. No such conclusion has been reached.
As Feinstein points out, the authority to fire Mueller comes from Rosenstein, seeing as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from congressional investigations into Russian Federation. Although Trump is a known mercenary who won't hesitate to stab allies in the back when it suits him, he won't let go of his loyalty to Flynn. How could any prosecutor fail to pursue this line of inquiry?
President Donald Trump continued to fume this week over the continued attention paid to the Russian Federation probes, especially following a report that he's now under investigation for potential obstruction of justice.
Given that every morning brings with it some new Trump scandal, one could be excused for not realizing that Trump has yet to be actively investigated.
HORSLEY: It's a - it was a very unusual statement from the deputy attorney general.
Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency. Comey said he took this "hope", coming from the president of the United States, as a direction.
Finally - and this is the really stupid part - Trump told an interviewer on national TV that he had chose to fire the FBI director because he wouldn't end the Russian investigation. Apparently, none of the officials complied with these requests.
The Washington Post reported Thursday evening that Mueller's team is also focusing on the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law. Perhaps it does to Mueller as well.
This widening Russian Federation probe has also prompted close Trump associates to start "lawyering up".
Trump is an avid user of Twitter, with over 32 million followers on his personal account and more than 18 million people on the official presidential account. The Inspector General should investigate this extremely important apparent violation of fundamental norms sustaining the rule of law. I don't know whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller's crack team of prosecutors have any solid evidence of collusion or shady financial deals. Comey's firing, which Sessions supported, makes achieving these goals harder, because future investigators will fear that if they pursue the facts wherever they lead, they too may lose their jobs. If Mueller is focused on the Comey firing as a potential obstruction of justice, he would want or maybe need to know the details of how Trump interacted with Rosenstein around that decision. Trump said on Twitter, calling the probe into him a "Witch Hunt".
But it is not.
The order from the general counsel for the transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government. During Barack Obama's presidency, she was a tough regulatory litigator and was named by Obama to his Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, a mark of bipartisan respect for her intelligence and fairness.