New York Times sues FBI to get notes of Comey-Trump talks

Trump really outdid himself there by managing to lie twice in the confines of 140 characters: Rosenstein isn't investigating him, Mueller is; and by Trump's own account, he had chose to fire Comey long before Rosenstein authored a memo that the White House originally said initiated Comey's downfall. And it's up to him to decide how much to tell Rosenstein about the substance of the investigation itself.

Trump fired FBI Director James 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.

Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump's orbit, people familiar with the probe were quoted as saying.

WASHINGTON (AP) - A member of the president's outside legal team said Sunday that Donald Trump is not under investigation, days after Trump tweeted about being the target of a "witch hunt".

According to the Post, Trump has three ways of ousting Mueller. Only 26 percent said they were extremely confident in Mueller's ability, while 36 percent each said they were moderately confident or not confident at all.

Brand was confirmed as the No. 3 Justice Department official on a 52-46 vote in the Senate on May 18, with Democrats lining up against her. Rosenstein also insisted Mueller's investigation would have the resources it needs.

Trump may be referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who in a memo to Trump raised concerns over Comey's performance. Rosenstein appointed Mueller following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the FBI's probe of Russian influence.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Jared Kushner's business dealings were also being scrutinized by Mueller's team.

Mr Comey gave evidence last week that he also felt pressured to drop the Flynn probe.

Richard Cullen is a former Virginia attorney general and a former USA attorney for the eastern district of Virginia.

As the legal rope has tightened, his allies have gone on the offensive, questioning Mueller's credibility.

Questions of conflicts of interest are typically a matter of "self-regulation", rather than Justice Department regulations, said Jonathan Turley, a public policy law expert at George Washington University. "There is too much cross-pollination between his background and that of James Comey". "It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russian Federation". "Her attitude toward the investigation is likely to be a bit different from Rosenstein's, more informed by the structure of presidential authority and less by unwritten norms of prosecutorial independence".

"As the deputy attorney general has said numerous times, if there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will".

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