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Trump could force Rosenstein out, but will fail to stop Russia probe

Justice Dept could face a crisis not seen since the Watergate scandal under President Richard Nixon

Chris Strohm & Steven T Dennis | Bloomberg 

If Donald Trump fires Rod Rosenstein or prods him into recusing himself from the Russia meddling investigation he oversees, the president risks creating chaos at the Justice Department while failing to stop the inquiry. The future of Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, came under doubt Friday when Trump attacked him in a tweet and a US official confirmed that Rosenstein has told colleagues he may have to recuse himself from the inquiry because he’d criticised James Comey in a memo before Trump fired the former FBI director. “I am being investigated for firing ...

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First Published: Sat, June 17 2017. 23:05 IST