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December 16 2017, 10:27 | Irvin Gilbert
"Witch Hunt." Rosenstein wrote a memo for Trump outlining why the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director should be fired.
President Donald Trump has acknowledged that he is under investigation in a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign - and appeared to assail the Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry.
Sources informed The Post of the financial focus of the investigation.
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.
Even though Mueller is technically leading the investigation, the DOJ controls the funding for the investigation and can fire Mueller if the department decides it's warranted. He could fire him directly, although that would draw the most ire; he could direct Rosenstein to fire him, but the deputy testified last week that he'd only fire the counsel for "good cause;" Trump could fire Rosenstein and see if his replacement will fire Mueller. "Witch Hunt", Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to his May 9 dismissal of James Comey.
Late on Thursday night, Rosenstein issued a written statement about leaks in the Russian Federation probe.
That authority clearly lies with the attorney general-or in this case, because the attorney general has recused himself, with the deputy attorney general.
It culminated in a tweet Friday from President Donald Trump. The source spoke on condition of anonymity. He also told the Senate Intelligence Committee in his June 8 testimony that he believed Trump had directed him to drop a related agency investigation into the president's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
The transition order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence's confirmed that he had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.
The latter being Trump's effort (dutifully followed by his media groupies) to slime Mueller and the talented legal team he has assembled. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff. The new details are included in a financial disclosure that Trump voluntarily submitted Friday to the Office of Government Ethics, the first snapshot of the Trump Organization's finances after its longtime leader became president. The memo asks for preservation of electronic communications and data, telephone logs, audio recordings, videos, calendars and other items.
However, the president has refused to slow down and posted numerous times that the Russian collusion claims are being made but no solid proof are presented.