>> Vice President Pence lawyers up as the Russia probe heats up. Pence hiring Richard Cullen, a former federal prosecutor, who has long ties to former FBI Director, James Comey, and who represented FIFA President, Sepp Blatter, in the corruption probe into World Soccer's governing body. Pence has seldom addressed the Russia issue, which is overshadowed Trump's domestic agenda and issues Pence has worked on intensively with Republican lawmakers.
But the controversy has consumed the President largely because of his reaction to it. His firing of Comey in May prompting an inquiry into whether the President committed obstruction of justice. On Friday, the President seemed to confirm he was under investigation. Write in quote, I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director.
The dig apparently of Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, who wrote the memo Trump used as a pretext of firing Comey, before admitting on TV he was going to do it anyway. Now, special counsel, Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Rosenstein, is investigating whether any Trump associates may have had illegal dealings with Russian officials or others with ties to the Kremlin.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that includes the finance and business dealings of Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor at the White House. Amid reports Trump privately floated the idea of firing special counsel Mueller. Rosenstein at a Senate Intelligence hearing this week said only he has the ability to fire Mueller, but promised not to do so without good cause.
>> You have my assurance that we are going to faithfully follow that regulation and Director Mueller is going to have a full degree of independence that he needs to conduct that investigation appropriately.>> However, an ABC news report suggests, Rosenstein may lose that privilege as he has reportedly privately suggested, he may have to recuse himself if asked to testify about the circumstances surrounding the memo he wrote for the President on Comey.