Trump acknowledges he is under investigation in Russia probe

US Democrats Warn Trump Against Firing Special Counsel Mueller

The future of Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, came under doubt Friday when Trump attacked him in a tweet and a US official confirmed that Rosenstein has told colleagues he may have to recuse himself from the inquiry because he'd criticized James Comey in a memo before Trump fired the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

Rosenstein was also the author of a letter in May to Trump criticizing the performance of FBI Director James Comey.

"I believe that the best thing that can happen for the president, for this administration, is for everything to come out", he said.

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. But by including his name in the list, Trump attorneys suggest Gates is being or might be scrutinized in relation to the investigations.

The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent wasn't getting the same scrutiny.

"He's in for a rude awakening" if he thinks he can shut down the investigation that way, said Feinstein.

"He now lives within himself, which is a risky place for Donald Trump to be", someone close to Trump said to the news network, "I see him emotionally withdrawing".

"There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation", Sekulow said. 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.

But then Rosenstein made the surprise move to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the Russian Federation investigation, a development that people close to Sessions and Trump believe has worsened matters for everyone involved.

That should also catch the freshly en-lawyer-ed Michael Cohen and the peace plan he crafted for Ukraine along with Trump associate and mobster, Felix Sater, and Manafort-friendly Ukrainian politician, Andrii Artemenko. Rosenstein, the official who would be responsible for dismissing Mueller, told U.S. lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause.

USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race to try to help Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails damaging to his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The White House denies any collusion. "Sad!" he wrote in one post.

Starr, whose investigation into former President Bill Clinton began with a look into the Whitewater real estate deal but eventually grew to cover the Monica Lewinsky scandal, wrote of the importance of having an "outside investigation" that can skirt potential conflict of interest concerns when investigating matters on the executive branch - no matter whether suspicion of the President falls "rightly or wrongly". Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mueller.

The memo to former transition team members on Thursday also seeks specific information on five people, the Times reported.

Special Counsel Mueller was reportedly planning to interview intelligence officials on whether Mr Trump got rid Mr Comey in May to hamper an inquiry into his sacked national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

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