Trump acknowledges for first time he's under investigation

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Mueller Building Legal Death Star To Investigate Trump Guest Post

It was unclear whether his tweet about being under investigation was based on direct knowledge or new media reports that suggest Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey.

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director", President Trump tweeted.

Tensions are building inside the Justice Department as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein contemplates whether he will become a witness in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA elections.

Jay Sekulow, a Trump attorney who has surfaced recently to defend Trump, appeared on NBC's "Meet The Press" on Sunday to state otherwise. Some of his ire is aimed at Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him, associates say.

First, they thought refusing to enlist a select committee to investigate the Russian Federation affair would put distance between themselves and the White House.

If Trump ordered Brand to fire Mueller and she refused, the responsibility to oversee the special counsel would fall to Dana Boente, the US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to a presidential executive order.

He also explained that "the tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to The Washington Post". "I think the president needs to get on with the work that is so important that he do and at this point now let this investigation run its course". In restraining Trump from, for example, trying to fire Mueller and/or Rosenstein, Republicans can, at the very least, buy some time to accomplish something before the 2018 midterms. "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations". "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations". But a department official said no one asked for the statement and Rosenstein acted on his own.

Rosenstein, in office for less than two months, is the top Justice official overseeing the probe because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself. Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit - including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich - have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday.

Rosenstein wrote a memo last month noting concerns about Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation that the White House initially used to justify the removal of the FBI director. Cullen will represent the vice president's personal interests and will not be paid with taxpayer funds. Pence headed the Trump transition until Inauguration Day. (He has already been compelled to mislead the public on Michael T. Flynn's contacts with Russians and on the reason for firing Comey.) Pence is the one executive branch employee whom Trump can not fire; he therefore has leverage to speak his mind-or remain silent.

Representative Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, warned that Trump would be overstepping his authority by taking such action.

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