Meet The DOJ Official Who Could Take Over The Trump Investigation

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News of a possible Rosenstein recusal comes on the same day that President Trump issued a veiled slam against the deputy AG (while acknowledging that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice).

The Washington Post reported Wednesday night that Trump himself is under investigation by special counsel Bob Mueller for the possibility that he obstructed justice in his decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey. Eight days after Trump fired Comey, Rosenstein named Mueller special prosecutor, giving him significant independent resources to continue the Russian Federation investigation.

An hour later, the president took to Twitter again, tweeting: "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" Rosenstein is the only official who could do it because Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself from the probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential campaign and whether anyone close to Trump colluded with the Russians.

Rosenstein agreed to write a scathing memo about Comey's handling of the Clinton investigation - one that never quite recommended the FBI director's dismissal.

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He added: "Having refused to admit his errors, the director can not be expected to implement the necessary corrective actions". Only six lawmakers voted no. That is, to protect records that are at the center of an unfolding investigation where disclosure of the records could compromise leads or prejudice the investigation.

Vice President Mike Pence has hired his own lawyer to represent him in the special counsel investigation and congressional inquiries into Russia's role in the 2016 election.

On Wednesday, anonymous sources told the Washington Post that special counsel Robert Mueller told Senate investigators in a confidential hearing that he was looking into Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. The Democrats like him.

"It is important to separate the roll of politics in setting priorities and the decision to prosecute cases". And his ability to endure a free-ranging investigation, directed by Mr. Mueller, that could raise questions about the legitimacy of his Electoral College victory, the topic that most provokes his rage, will be a critical test for a president who has continued on Twitter and elsewhere to flout the advice of his staff, friends and legal team...

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"We do not know what this report refers to", Gorelick told the Post. She was appointed by former President Barack Obama to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and worked as an assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush administration, according to WHO-TV.

But Rosenstein's rise through Justice has not been without pitfalls. The story cited "U.S. officials familiar with the matter".

The feat makes him the only Bush-appointed USA attorney to serve all eight years under Obama. In the interview Trump did with NBC's Lester Holt shortly after firing FBI Director James Comey, Trump described Rosenstein's involvement in the firing.

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