Others argue the lines are not almost so clean-cut. The source said investigators have sought information from Richard Ledgett, who recently retired as deputy NSA director and, the source said, had written a memo documenting an attempt from Trump urging Rogers to tamp down on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.
"These are fact-intensive questions that are different in every case", Steve Dettelbach, a former USA attorney in OH under the Obama administration, said in a phone interview. But no steps have been taken in that direction. As for Mr. Comey, he remains a shrewd and calculating defender of the rule of law and its instruments, positioned to defend them against a president he sees as an unprincipled political opportunist in a highly risky time for the country. In the subsequent furor over Comey's dismissal - largely stoked by Trump's conflicting reasons for firing the director, which first adopted but then parted company with Rosenstein's memo - Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel. He said the tweet last Friday from Trump was specifically directed at a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.
The House and SenateIntelligence Committees will continue their investigations this week with meetings that are not public on Monday and Tuesday.
"He can't supervise a case if he's a witness in the case", he said. He had conversations with Comey.
"The president has confidence of everyone who serves for him in this administration", said Spicer. Comey got his wish with the appointment of Special Counsel Mueller. "But if it's just, he's acting impetuously because he doesn't like having himself or his friends investigated for something he genuinely believes he didn't do, then I think that's a much harder case for obstruction". "Once they confirm that, he would have to recuse".
"That means there should exist on some server somewhere in the White House, a very thorough record of the kind of phone calls that nay investigator of the Trump campaign and the Trump White House's ties to Russian Federation any obstruction of justice regarding the investigation of those ties, should be able to access", Perlstein said.
A source told Reuters that Mueller was also examining whether Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation. Additionally, mounting conflicts of interest involved with the special counsel investigation mandate the recusal of Rosenstein and his special counsel appointee Mueller.
NBC's Chuck Todd pressed Sekulow on whether Trump had made the decision to fire former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey himself or at the recommendation of deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein. He noted that recusal decisions depend on advice from the DOJ's ethical advisers, but ultimately come down to personal judgment.
President Donald Trump, whose combative instincts are to lash out, has given his legal team a clear direction: Fight, fight, fight. "I know you have good ratings, but it reaches a lot of people".
The Department of Justice addressed this in a memorandum by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) in 1973.
Comey concluded that "the dinner was, at least in part, an effort to have me ask for my job and create some sort of patronage relationship".
Injured Dettori pulls out of Royal Ascot
Dettori says it is "soul destroying as it's the most important week of the year". "In racing, there's no winning post". She topped the ensemble off with a dainty little hat because even if you're a royal, you've still got to be sun smart.
No comeback this time for Kristina Mladenovic
She added: "I think the magic has always been happening for me here, even the first time I came here as a little kid". Instead of rolling over though, she fought back to book her place in the quarter-finals with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory.