Trump transition team ordered to save materials on Russia, Ukraine

Rebecca Barbier
Junho 19, 2017

In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump, who has been putting together his own team of outside lawyers to represent him, called the Post's report Wednesday that he is being investigated for collusion "phony".

Also Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley said his panel will investigate the removal of former FBI Director James Comey and "any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations".

In a series of statements on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Trump repeated his claim that Mr Mueller's investigation is a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phoney" premise of possible collusion between Russian Federation and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.

He said Trump's statement on Twitter Friday was specifically in response to a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

While most Republicans in Congress said little about Mr. Trump's criticism of Mueller, other supporters echoed the President's concerns.

Trump's focus was also drawn to the ongoing investigation into alleged ties between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation during the election amid reports that the probe had expanded to preliminary inquiries into whether the president obstructed justice.

Special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional panels are investigating the Russian Federation issue, which has cast a shadow over the early months of Trump's presidency.

Resurgent Hasan starring for Pakistan at Champions Trophy
Pakistan will now take on the victor of today's match - the second semi-final to be played between India and Bangladesh. Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez celebrates after winning the match.Reuters / Andrew Couldridge.

Manafort, Page and Stone have also been linked to the Russian Federation investigations.

Mueller's investigators have asked for information and will talk to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, according to a source, who said they have also sought information from recently retired NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett. The meetings were first reported in March.

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" Trump fired Comey on May 9.

Comey told senators on June 8 that Trump's shifting explanations for dismissing him were "lies, plain and simple".

The tweets potentially could put the president into deeper legal peril.

Ruddy, who had been at the White House on Monday, told PBS that Trump is considering terminating the special counsel. The investigation now reportedly includes the President himself, after Senate testimony by Mr Comey indicated that he had tried to get him to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's Russian Federation connections.

But at the White House today, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders acknowledged to reporters that Mueller had been at the White House - just the day before he was appointed as Special Counsel.

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