Critics fear Justice Dept. Deputy Attorney General could be sacked next

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Robert Mueller reports to Rosenstein, but is authorized to pursue the investigation independently. Rosenstein penned a letter outlining why he thought Comey could be let go, a letter the president reportedly asked him to write.

Trump on Friday said the person conducting that probe was the individual who had told him to dismiss James Comey, who had been at the head of the bureau from 2013 until he was sacked early last month. He repeated once again that he had never interfered in the FBI investigation and had not asked them to stop investigating his national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was suspected of having links with the Russian authorities. Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win. Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence has hired a personal criminal defence lawyer to guide him through the various investigations encircling the White House. Kushner has agreed to talk to the Senate Intelligence committee and is expected to discuss these matters with the Senate intelligence staff, though the timing is still being worked out.

Trump's tweet could be targeting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the probe into Russia's intervention into the last year's presidential polls.

If Rosenstein recuses himself from overseeing the special counsel investigation or were to resign or be fired by Trump - acting attorney general duties for the inquiry would fall to the department's No. 3 official, associate attorney-general Rachel Brand.

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"As the deputy attorney general has said numerous times, if there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will", said Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior in a statement.

Trump said he was being investigated by the man who, in the first place, told him to fire James Comey. This week, Rosenstein assured members of Congress he would not remove Mueller - except for good cause.

Officials in the House, Senate, and Justice Department are all conducting investigations into Russian meddling in the United States election - and the Trump campaign's possible involvement.

On Friday, the President made extraordinary claims against Clinton and her family for their own alleged dealings with Russian Federation, claiming smashed a phone with a hammer and "bleached" emails to cover their tracks.

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Moscow has denied any interference. White House officials had no case ready for the dismissal of Comey and received heavy criticism for the conflicting explanations about his departure.

As evidence, Sekulow said that Trump has not been notified of any investigation.

In another tweet earlier Friday, Trump writes, "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof". And I said yesterday, you get two more leaks like this, Rosenstein is going to have to appoint a special counsel to investigate the special counsel.

Flynn, dismissed by Trump in February after it emerged he had misled Pence about conversations with the Russian ambassador, is a subject in investigations by intelligence committees in the House of Representatives and Senate, as well as the FBI.

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