Trump firedFBI DirectorJames Comey, sent out spokespeople and surrogates with a far-fetched cover story to explain the dismissal, and then told NBC's Lester Holt that the real reason for the firing was Comey's pursuit of the Russian Federation investigation.
This is not the first time the President has thrown his own aides and administration officials under the bus. Mueller also has expansive powers to investigate any matters that develop from his initial investigation.
The shift toward probing Trump began days after Trump forced former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey to quit last month.
If that is the case, it could be part of what appears to be a pattern of statements that are meant to back the president.
At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers refused to say whether Trump asked them to intervene in the investigation, which is also examining whether the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian Federation during last year's presidential campaign. "Regardless of the recommendation, I was going to fire Comey". Now, that's no longer the case. The special counsel can only be fired by Rosenstein, though the president could in in theory direct Rosenstein to fire him.
Who is the special counsel planning to talk to and why do they matter?
The statement came as word surfaced that Mueller is now reportedly looking into the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser.
Yet Trump's angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active probe. This, too, could be a sign of the president acting inappropriately. The Postsaid investigators had requested interviews with CIA Director, Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director. He hadn't been asked by the White House to release the statement, which blasted the media's use of anonymous sources for major political stories, CNNreported.
During the Watergate scandal, former president Richard Nixon attempted to use executive privilege to hide information. He lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration with the unrelenting controversy that has consumed his early presidency. The responsibility would fall to Congress to review any findings of misconduct. But Trump has implicated himself in the matter by saying he would have fired Comey regardless of the recommendation from Rosenstein - to ease pressure from the Russian Federation probe.
The president can be hard to predict, and one of his friends raised the possibility this week.
He has won three Champions Leagues, two La Liga titles and two Copa del Reys in his eight years in the Spanish capital. Asked about potential clubs Ronaldo could join, Perez said: "I'm not contemplating Ronaldo leaving".
The Milwaukee police officer who fatally shot 23-year-old Sylville Smith last summer has been acquitted of criminal charges . An official from Milwaukee County's medical examiner's office said that the second shot traveled through Mr.
We'll try to figure them out. "That guy's a really good pitcher". "When he gets in a groove, he's got good stuff". But now the Aggies are in the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska , for the sixth time in program history.
The firm owned 22,393 shares of the real estate investment trust's stock after buying an additional 67 shares during the period. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link .
I have to wait for the club's decision. "It would be nice to Atletico, but there is a lot to think about". The fight for the place has to be fair to stay and fight, but the fight is not fair and I have to leave.
Britain's oil and gas industry has set its sights on growth as cautious optimism returns to the sector, new research suggests. Over the last 5 years, Carrizo Oil & Gas, Inc. has averaged a -15.75% YoY EPS growth rate and a 17.00% revenue growth rate .
Cade and Bumblebee rescue a girl named Izabella ( Isabela Moner ), who is a robot mechanic on her own since her parents died. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth.
Only last week, the Sena claimed that it could take an independent line on presidential elections, creating a flutter in the BJP. In the past two presidential polls, Sena broke ranks with NDA and backed Congress' Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil.
Edmonton will play each divisional opponent four times, with the exception of the Calgary Flames, who they will face five times. Eberle is entering the fifth year of a six-year contract worth US$36 million and had been a frequent subject of trade rumours.
Nonetheless, the Android tablet will be available with a 32GB of internal storage , expandable through microSD card up to 256GB. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 processor , coupled with a 4GB of RAM , BGR reported.
We've also had a chat with Uefa and we had ruled out 12 July for obvious reasons, purely from a practical point of view. I don't remember the last time one of our European ties was on live.
Seattle officers in fatal shooting had crisis training
Monika Williams, Lyles' sister, asked Sunday as she tried to make sense of why police shot and killed the mother-to-be. Seattle police said that officers fired their weapons after being "confronted by a woman armed with a knife".
Cosby judge could revisit issue of revealing names of jurors
Following a series of complaints against him, he had to face three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault . Bill Cosby exits the Montgomery County Courthouse after a mistrial was declared in Norristown , Pa., Saturday, June 17, 2017.
Four Sit Atop a Crowded Leaderboard at US Open
The cut came at 1 over, which tied the record for lowest cut in tournament history, in relation to par, also established in 1990. A couple greens that are more exposed were faster, so it was hard to get a feel for the correct speed. "I've never played a U.S.
Steve Scalise Still In Critical Condition After Being Shot
Doctors immediately performed surgery, but additional operations will be required, the hospital said in the late-night statement. Scalise, the No. 3 House Republican, arrived at the hospital via helicopter in shock, with intense internal bleeding, Sava said.
This is big: Uber drivers can accept e-tips
The changes come amid a series of scandals that lead Uber CEO Travis Kalanick to take a leave of absence from the company. It's part of the company's new initiative pushing 180 days of change .
Someone Just Hit a Giant Powerball Jackpot
While $448 million seems like a lot of money, alas, the victor of this weekend's drawing won't walk away with the full amount. The winning combination of numbers for the massive payout was 20-26-32-38-58, and the Powerball number was 3.
Trump lawyer defends his use of social media
Sekulow explained the president's tweet that appeared to acknowledge he was under investigation from the special counsel . Some of Sekulow's exchanges with Wallace were tense and confusing, leading Wallace to say, "Oh boy, this is weird".
Pakistan's foreign ministry confirms downing of Iran drone
Earlier, the Iranian security border forces had fired several unprovoked mortar shelling into Pakistan territory on Sunday. This was the second Iranian drone to be shot down as in the past, the United States had downed an Iranian drone in Syria.
Nabra Hassanen Memorial on Fire
The young girl's death doesn't have to be in vain, as others show their support by advocating for true justice for her murder. Bryan Holland said, "There was no indication of any racial slurs or any type of back and forth other than a verbal argument".
In video, girl begs mother for quiet after Castile shooting
Authorities released the footage on Tuesday, just days after a Minnesota jury acquitted Mr Yanez on all charges in the shooting. Her 4-year-old daughter was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle when Office Jeronimo Yarez opened fire on Castile.
All Blacks' skills, set piece will challenge Lions -Rennie
The British and Irish Lions have won their second game on the trot with a 34-6 win over the Chiefs in Hamilton this evening. Asked how he would feel if O'Mahony led the Lions against the All Blacks , Farrell replied: "I'd be more than comfortable".