New York Times sues Federal Bureau of Investigation to get notes of Comey-Trump talks

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Robert Mueller's investigation enjoys some independence from the Justice Department bureaucracy. This is the problem with a lot of these special counsels.

In his tweet, Trump appeared to be referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo recommending that Comey be fired.

Vice President Mike Pence's office said on Thursday he had hired a lawyer known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations to help him with the Russian Federation probes. No matter what Trump does, Rosenstein may very well end up being a witness in Mueller's probe, since be played a pivotal role in the firing that at the center of Mueller's inquiry.

Mueller met Wednesday with the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort to ensure their investigations don't conflict.

Comey's memos about his meetings with Trump are now in Mueller's hands.

President Donald Trump acknowledged publicly for the first time Friday that he was under investigation in the expanding inquiry into possible Russian influence in the election, and he appeared to attack the integrity of the Justice Department official in charge of leading it.

According to the publications, one of the central lines of Mueller's investigation [VIDEO] is Trump's conversations with Coates and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, held in late March, in which he allegedly asked them to intervene in the FBI's work by stopping an investigation into his ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn. That authority clearly lies with the attorney general-or in this case, because the attorney general has recused himself, with the deputy attorney general.

This makes some sense.

Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday to insist that despite months of investigating, no proof has emerged that he colluded with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favor. After all, Rosenstein (perhaps unwittingly) supplied the White House with its initial rationale for Comey's ouster, in the form of a memo criticizing the FBI director's handling of the Clinton email investigation. He declined to say whether he thought Mr. Trump sought to obstruct justice, saying that would be up to Mr. Mueller to sort out.

"In terms of specific job, whether it was acting or permanent, I'm not sure, and I'd have to check and get back to you", Sanders told reporters in an off-camera briefing. Rosenstein was acting, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from acting in the Russia investigation after it was revealed he had held two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the November 8, 2016 election.

Brand boasts the quintessential résumé for a GOP Justice Department appointee. The White House denies any collusion.

That stint did not endear Brand to congressional Democrats. The meeting occurred as Kushner's company had been seeking financing for its troubled $1.8 billion purchase of an office building on Fifth Avenue in NY, and it could raise questions about whether Kushner's personal financial interests were colliding with his impending role as a public official.

The Associated Press also filed a FOIA request for the documents but has not received any documents and has not sued.

So Brand's background is a bit more partisan - and decidedly more right wing - than Rosenstein's.

Aussie PM pokes fun at Trump in leaked audio Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull mimicked Donald Trump's mannerisms and made reference to the Russian Federation scandal, in comments he said were "affectionately light-hearted".

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