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Russian Federation probe causes tension among top officials at Justice Department

Russian Federation probe causes tension among top officials at Justice Department

Trump's fledgling presidency has been battered by allegations - under investigation both by Congress and the FBI - that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favor, in possible collusion with Trump's campaign team.

In a tweet, the President also accused the U.S deputy attorney general of pursuing a "witch hunt".

The probe's focus has morphed from collusion to obstruction: the chief-executive's weighing in on Flynn's prosecution, pushing for disclosure of true information that he was not a suspect in the Russian Federation investigation, and firing of the FBI director - all actions Trump was constitutionally entitled to take.

And Trump's apparent reference to Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian Federation investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it, came just hours after a statement from Rosenstein complaining about leaks in the case.

The tweets on June 16, 2017 are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the President over a report by The Washington Post that Mr. Mueller was looking into whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice. The inquiries have yet to show evidence of collusion.

Several White House officials and Trump associates insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the president's views of the unfolding investigation.

Mueller has also broadened his scope to include the scrutinizing of financial activities of Trump associates, reportedly based on hunches about possible bribery and money-laundering.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice in relation to ongoing investigations of Russian influence in the 2016 election.

Rosenstein, 52, has said little publicly, but a cryptic statement he released late Thursday captured some of the strain and frustration he is probably feeling about the numerous unauthorized leaks about the Russian Federation investigation that have angered the president, according to several of his colleagues and friends.

"I appointed him. I stand by that decision", Rosenstein said.

The problem for Trump - and Congressional Republicans - is that Mueller's investigation is going to take time. "Sad!" the US President tweeted. "Witch Hunt", the president said on Twitter.

The Justice Department on Friday said any such of consideration of recusal was premature.

"President Trump is hurting his own case every time he goes on [Twitter]", said a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont, on MSNBC.

Confidants and advisers close to Mr Trump said his fury was mounting at the probe and he had been yelling at TV sets about its press coverage. 'The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations'.

Trump's thinly veiled attack on Rosenstein could be a precursor either to Trump demanding that Rosenstein fire Mueller-which he would likely refuse-or Trump's firing Rosenstein himself.

A Trump's transition official confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent on Thursday.

It directs recipients to turn over relevant documents to the presidential transition team.

The Twitter attacks came as Vice-President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.

Sessions quite rightly decided that he had a conflict of interest, since his role in the Trump campaign might be scrutinized as a part of the FBI's investigation. He has already been subpoenaed by the House Intelligence Committee.

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