Trump's young presidency has been battered by allegations - under investigation both by Congress and the FBI - that Russian Federation interfered to sway the November election in his favor.
The Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff, Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng and Spencer Ackerman noted Friday that the "witch hunt" tweet shot down "48 hours of Trump's allies lobbing allegations of illegal "deep state" leaks and fake-news hit jobs".
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Thursday night, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein released a statement on anonymous sources in media reports, echoing sentiments the president often expresses. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.
Rosenstein wrote a memo indicating that the FBI is unlikely to regain the trust of the public and Congress until it has a Director who understands the gravity and pledges no to repeat Comey's mistakes in handling the investigation into Hillary Clinton's e-mails. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight of the probe given his own role in Comey's firing.
The Deputy Attorney General appointed Mueller as Special Counsel to oversee the FBI's investigation into the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia's meddling in the election. Mr. Trump's lawyer has accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of leaking material.
The order from the general counsel for the transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government.
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Hodgkinson owned a home inspection business, which he dissolved on January 10, according to Secretary of State corporate records. The attack occurred as GOP members practiced for an annual charity baseball between members of Congress.
Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters about the ongoing Russian Federation controversy as he departed the White House Friday for Miami.
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.
"He's furious at Rosenstein, but the list of his people who enrage him is ever-growing", said a longtime Trump confidant to The Daily Beast.
The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after the inauguration.
Comey's termination prompted a deeper investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice in the Russia investigation, and Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that Trump asked him in January to drop the FBI probe into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's communications with Russian officials. The White House has used a memo he wrote to justify Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, but that Trump action may now be part of the probe.
"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked at one point.
Yet Trump's angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active probe.