Russian Federation probe causes tension among top officials at Justice Department

Among other roles, she was an official in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy under George W. Bush.

In addition, Trump has also publicly criticized Rosenstein.

The Tweet begs the question: Is Trump confirming he IS under investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller for allegedly trying to interfere in the investigation that was being conducted by former FBI director James Comey, who he later fired?

Considering that Trump strong-armed Rosenstein into writing a letter about Comey's performance in the first place - a letter that never actually recommended the ex-FBI director's firing - and that Rosenstein didn't know POTUS would use the letter as his justification for the decision, it's easy to see how dude would be annoyed.

The statement implies that there is a possible internal investigation about conversations between President Donald Trump and Comey, but it wasn't clarified. Rosenstein had made the case for firing Comey in a memo made public by the White House.

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

Harvard law professor Noah Feldman argues in a Bloomberg View article that Trump's tweet could force Rosenstein's recusal because of his suggestion that Comey's firing was Rosenstein's idea. President Trump has vigorously objected to the propriety of such an investigation.

On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence took what he later described as a "very routine" step of hiring outside counsel to represent him.

Earlier this week, the president called the investigation the "greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history" and said it was being led by "some very bad and conflicted people".

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Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard University law professor and a senior Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, immediately tweeted, "And the Deputy Attorney General should have better judgment".

The president has denied trying to influence the investigation but has acknowledged in an interview that Russian Federation was on his mind when he dismissed Comey.

Sessions had already recused himself from the investigation, testifying earlier this week that he did so because he had worked on the Trump campaign.

Will Rosenstein recuse himself from overseeing...

The top lawyer for the Trump transition team has ordered the organization's staff to preserve all records and other materials related to the widening investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian representatives.

Today's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president after a report by The Washington Post that Mr Mueller was looking into whether Mr Trump obstructed justice.

Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was "increasingly concerned" that Mr Trump will sack both Mr Mueller and Mr Rosenstein. The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump's presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking yet more political oxygen out of the West Wing.

If Rosenstein recuses himself from oversight of the special counsel investigation, that role would fall to the Justice Department's No. 3 official, newly confirmed Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.

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