Trump mocks Federal Bureau of Investigation for failing to prove 'Russian Collusion'

The recusal question has surfaced before, amid speculation Rosenstein could become part of the Robert Mueller probe given his role in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

The president also called out the "Fake News Media" and boasted of his "very powerful "social media numbers, in his Friday morning tweets".

Trump originally said he fired Comey due to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Wednesday's Washington Post article caused a firestorm in the White House on Thursday, particularly because President Trump had been trying so hard to prove that he was not a focus of the Russian Federation investigation.

A Trump confidant said this week the President had considered firing Mr Mueller. The White House referred to Trump's outside legal counsel when asked if the president was specifically referring to Rosenstein.

Comey used his his three-hour testimony before the Senate intelligence committee last week to launch a blistering takedown of Trump, calling him a liar no less than five times.

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The Democratic National Committee, in a statement Friday, said that Rosenstein, who has authority over Mueller, needs to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation and that control of the investigation should not be given to another presidential appointee.

In a series of statements on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Trump repeated his claim that Mr Mueller's investigation is a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phony" premise of possible collusion between Russian Federation and a cadre of Trump campaign associates. Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win. It was not clear whether Trump's tweet was referring to Rosenstein or Mueller, but most news organizations identified the former as Trump's target. "I hope you can let this go".

In addition, officials also said investigators have been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates.

In a sign of the newfound seriousness of Mueller's investigation, Vice President Mike Pence's office confirmed that he has hired an attorney to deal with the special counsel investigation.

Democrats and Republicans alike have criticised his use of Twitter, particularly amid the investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election.

  • Adam Floyd