The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump's presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking even more political oxygen out of the West Wing. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations.
The tweet was not confirmation that the president or his attorney has been informed by the Department of Justice or Mueller that Trump is the subject of an investigation. "It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russia", Gorelick told the Washington Post.
Trump did not identify "the man" but appeared to be questioning the integrity of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department's No. 2 official who appointed Mueller on May 17, supervises the probe and wrote a memo to Trump critical of Comey that preceded Comey's firing.
The president has long vehemently denied any collusion with Moscow.
Political analysts say it would be suicidal for Trump to fire Mueller and Rosenstein because this would just make a stronger case of obstruction of justice against him.
America's legal justification for launching strikes is vague: The U.S. has been claiming self-defense since 2010 when launching airstrikes against individuals in Yemen and Somalia, but the UN Charter sanctions using force against another country in self-defense, not against individuals, the authors write.
The memo to former transition team members on Thursday also seeks specific information on five people, the Times reported, They include Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort's business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Roger J. Stone Jr., an informal adviser to Mr. Trump.
Consider new reports that Rosenstein is considering recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe and we may be looking at Trump's most consequential tweet storm yet. While the investigation had originally been focused on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, The Post reported, the obstruction inquiry began after Trump fired Comey.
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.
Trump's tweet comes less than a day after a unusual statement from a senior official in his administration.
In another indication of the seriousness of the probe, Michael Cohen, a personal attorney to Trump, said he has retained attorney Stephen Ryan, a former assistant USA attorney, to represent him in the ongoing probes.
Cohen has worked for Trump since the mid-2000s and was active in the campaign. Rosenstein, who would be responsible for actually dismissing Mueller, told US lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause.