Rosenstein Warns Against Stories Citing Anonymous Sources

Donald Trump speaks in the White House on June 15 after announcing an executive order

Donald Trump speaks in the White House on June 15 after announcing an executive order

"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", it continues.

'Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous "officials", particularly when they do not identify the country - let alone the branch or agency of government - with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated, ' the odd statement read.

He has also attacked leakers seemingly whenever a negative story is published about him or his team, as most of the reports are based on information shared with journalists by officials who can not be publicly named.

The statement - which came without context or reference to any story in particular - left many feeling confused.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", the statement in response to the Washington Post story read.

White House Senior Advisor Jared Kushner sits with his wife Ivanka Trump (L) at President Donald Trump's joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S. March 17, 2017.

"The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy", Mr Trump tweeted in February. The investigation's dual focus on possible obstruction began weeks before Mueller took over: shortly after May 9, when Trump fired then-FBI Director James B. Comey. The Post cited five anonymous individuals briefed on the interview requests for the investigation.

Trump made the claim, and called the overall probe "phony", as he often does, in a tweet around 7 a.m. Thursday.

I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!

Rosenstein's statement also came hours before an ABC report that claimed the deputy attorney general had said he might need to recuse himself from Mueller's probe.

To that end, in a tweet sent an hour later, the president appeared to go right after Mueller's character, saying that the Russian Federation investigation is being "led by some very bad and conflicted people!" But Adam Blickstein, the former Pentagon public affairs strategic planner, says the recent statements are "extraordinary" even in this context.

The president had alleged that the media is trying to portray a negative image of him, after another The Washington Post article had said Trump himself was under investigation for obstruction of justice.

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