Published: Sat, April 21, 2018
Life&Culture | By Peggy Hughes

Judge Raises Doubts About Whether Mueller Can Probe Whatever He Wants

Judge Raises Doubts About Whether Mueller Can Probe Whatever He Wants

President Donald Trump "hasn't cooled off on" Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and could still fire him over his role in the Russian Federation investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, Axios reported Friday.

Rosenstein's assurance to Trump came after The Washington Post reported that Mueller told Trump's attorneys last month the president is not a criminal target of his investigation.

Trump has been told previously that he is not a target of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

The Justice Department told Reuters it does not comment on conversations with the president.

"Rosenstein's message may have been based on a technicality". Trump may not officially be a target, but Mueller hasn't ruled out making him one at some point in the future, according to a US official with knowledge of the unfolding investigation.

In the Holt interview, for example, Trump didn't specifically say he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation probe - a point I think people overlook. Rosenstein, who has led the investigation since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it, put Mueller on the job. A target is someone on whom the investigation, the grand jury has developed ... evidence sufficient to charge. But now Trump is reportedly telling people his decision on whether to fire Rosenstein or Mueller hinges on whether they are personally targeting him?

With all the subtlety of a superhero, or at least an actor portraying one, Giuliani boasts of his "long relationship with Bob Mueller" and says, "I don't think it's going to take more than a week or two to get a resolution". "And they're still here. We want to get the investigations over with, done with, behind us", the president said at a joint press conference in Florida with the visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"I don't know how they can violate these regulations and we can still be here and it doesn't matter", Downing said at the hearing.

The former New York City mayor and federal prosecutor says his job is to help Mueller get "what he needs to wrap it up" and to "try to negotiate a way to get this over with".

The revelation that Trump is not a target of either investigation appears to have headed off any firings for the near future.

Both of these were highly suggestive that Trump was acting in his own interests when he took action related to the Russian Federation investigation, but Trump didn't say it so directly.

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