Others argue the lines are not almost so clean-cut.
Investigators have also sought information from recently retired NSA Deputy Richard Ledgett, according to the source.
"These are fact-intensive questions that are different in every case", Steve Dettelbach, a former US attorney in OH under the Obama administration, said in a phone interview. The reasons behind Trump's annoyance with the special counsel investigation are entirely political: He's hypersensitive to questions surrounding his legitimacy, he chafes at the idea that his authority could be questioned, and he mocks the entire Russian Federation investigation as Democratic sour grapes. But no steps have been taken in that direction.
In his prepared testimony, Comey said that he had written memos immediately after meetings with the President out of concern that Trump might later lie about the nature of their interactions. But Trump has also said he had made a decision to fire Comey before Rosenstein wrote a memo recommended him.
On the same program, Adam Schiff (D-CA.,) the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee dismissed that claim as a simple case of a Trump surrogate doing his boss's bidding.
"He can't supervise a case if he's a witness in the case", he said. The New York Times reported Monday that Corallo's recent tweets have included praise for Mueller and a suggestion that Vice President Mike Pence should be the Republican nominee in 2020. He had conversations with Comey.
In an appearance on ABC's This Week, former House Speaker, and Trump advisor, Newt Gingrich suggested it raises questions of a politically motivated prosecution. I don't tell him what to write or not write. "Once they confirm that, he would have to recuse".
He states as evidence the fact that Trump has never been notified of an official investigation into him or the 2016 election and comments made my Comey himself in which he stated clearly that Trump was in no way under investigation.
Any confirmation that Mueller has expanded the investigation to consider whether the President obstructed justice with the Comey firing would carry no guarantee of a guilty finding.
Naturally, many news organizations took the tweet as confirmation of a Washington Post story that the Russian Federation election probe "now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice".
Then there is the degree of independence afforded the special counsel's office. Mueller operates with day-to-day independence of Rosenstein, but Rosenstein still oversees how the investigation is funded.
Jared Kushner is looking for a new attorney.
In a statement, Jamie Gorelick said she told Kushner to get "independent advice of a lawyer" on whether to "continue with us" after Robert Mueller was tapped to lead an FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation.
Earler this month, Press Secretary Sean Spicer said Trump's tweets were official statements and that "the President is the most effective messenger on his agenda". One senator, Lindsay Graham, who "usually does not see eye to eye" with the president expressed his distrust in the media, saying he doesn't "trust this story as far as I can throw it". "The recusal covered one case in the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation".