Meet Bob Mueller's team tackling the Russian Federation investigation

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U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has privately acknowledged he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the probe into Russian Federation and last year's U.S. election, given that he could become a potential witness in the investigation, ABC News reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director (James Comey) by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

President Donald Trump has acknowledged for the first time that he is under federal investigation as part of the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

Significantly, Preet Bharara, the India-born former top United States federal prosecutor, earlier this week had said that there was enough evidence to begin an obstruction of justice case against Trump over his alleged interference in the Russian Federation probe.

In the testimony, Comey confirmed he wrote the memos documenting his conversations with Trump because the ex-FBI director was "honestly concerned that [the president] might lie". The attorney general was at a White House meeting when the notification came from Rosenstein, prompting the enraged President to scold the attorney general for the turn of events. Former FBI head Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel a day after a report stemming from the notes was published.

If Rosenstein were out of the picture, responsibility for overseeing Mueller's investigation - and deciding his fate - would fall to Rachel Brand, the department's associate attorney general.

From 2011 until her confirmation, she was a lawyer for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce business lobbying group's legal arm, which played a major role in marshaling legal opposition to environmental and labor regulations championed by Democratic former President Barack Obama. The White House denies any collusion.

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Be smart: Trump, notorious for his litigiousness in NY, is playing an inside-outside game: stockpiling talent to protect him legally, while publicly trying to discredit the investigators and whatever they might eventually say or do. Trump has expressed increasing dissatisfaction with the Justice Department since Mueller's appointment.

Ian Prior, a Justice Department spokesman, said that Rosenstein "has said numerous times, if there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will". The No. 2, John Cornyn of Texas, said he saw "no reason" to fire Mueller, and even Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed "a lot of confidence" in the special counsel.

Comey told Congress last week that before being sacked, Trump pressured him to drop an investigation into his former national security advisor, Mike Flynn, who was forced to quit for lying about his links to Moscow.

President Donald Trump is touting his social media following, saying he can deliver his message directly to voters instead of going through the "fake news media".

President Trump's singular obsession with the Russian Federation probe is making the lives of his aides and advisers even more miserable than usual.

Trump has called The Washington Post report a "phony story" and a "WITCH HUNT".

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