Friday, 23 June, 2017

Trump acknowledges he's under investigation

President Donald Trump walks with National Security Adviser H.R. Mc Master from the Oval Office to Marine One at the White House in Washington Friday Trump uses social media to question probe of his campaign
Kenny Thornton | 19 June, 2017, 11:21

Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey, sent out spokespeople and surrogates with a far-fetched cover story to explain the dismissal, and then told NBC's Lester Holt that the real reason for the firing was Comey's pursuit of the Russian Federation investigation.

Friday's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president over a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last month, citing the Russian Federation investigation as the reason.

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Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was "increasingly concerned" that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.

The Washington Post reported this week that Mueller is investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he suggested Comey drop an FBI investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, as well as when he fired Comey.

As special counsel, Mueller is in charge of the Russian Federation investigation and any related probes, like obstruction of justice accusations. "Nice", Trump wrote in his first tweet. Mueller has been building a team of investigators for a wide-ranging inquiry into Russia's meddling.

Earlier this month, Rosenstein told The Associated Press that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will".

Mueller took over the DOJ Russia probe after a chain of events set in motion by Trump, Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump's tweets are one-way communication, which is an easy invitation for propaganda.

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Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday hired his own lawyer to represent him in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

The Justice Department's investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election is looking at Kushner's multiple roles in the Trump administration, including the Trump campaign's 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner's own contacts with Russians, according to United States officials briefed on the probe.

The interest in Kushner's activities by the special counsel's office is no more extensive than the FBI's interest in his multiple roles on both the Trump campaign and transition team, which CNN reported last month.

While Trump appeared to be in a fury over reports in the Washington Post and elsewhere saying he is under investigation, Rosenstein took a different approach Thursday night, releasing a statement that said, "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".

Through a spokesman, Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, blasted the Post's report, though he stopped short of denying it.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Mark Corallo, the spokesman for Trump's legal team, said in an email on Wednesday. But a department official said no one asked for the statement and Rosenstein acted on his own. Trump cited the memo in firing Comey.

Trump also bragged to visiting Russian diplomats that getting rid of Comey relieved him of "great pressure because of Russia".

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