Deputy AG warns 'Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations'

Rebecca Barbier
Junho 20, 2017

US President Donald Trump on Thursday ridiculed as "phony" and "witch hunt" claims about collusion between Russian Federation and his associates after media reports that he is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice.

President Donald Trump responded angrily to reports that he is under criminal investigation on Thursday, deriding a "witch hunt" against him led by some "very bad" people.

Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month to represent him regarding probes by the special counsel and congressional committees, kept up his criticism of the investigations in a series of tweets today.

Just 22 percent of Americans support Trump's decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, compared with the more than half of Americans who disapprove of the president's decision.

The Post quoted five people briefed on the requests, saying those who agreed to be interviewed include national intelligence director Daniel Coats, Admiral Mike Rogers who heads the NSA, and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett.

Examining such possible charges will allow investigators to interview key administration figures including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and possibly President Trump himself, said the source familiar with the Mueller investigation.

The reports - in The Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal - said the information came from individuals with knowledge of the investigation.

After the "mother of all bombs" was deployed to fight ISIS in Afghanistan in April, a U.S. Central Command spokesman appeared to affirm Trump's aggressive statements against the Islamic State.

The source said the issue may not become the main focus of the probe.

Gunfire heard at Mali resort area popular with foreigners
In recent years, the extremists have become more brazen, attacking sites frequented by Westerners in the capital of Bamako . Anti-terrorism forces from several countries arrived at the scene soon after the attack and surrounded the hotel.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked, people familiar with the matter told the Washington Post. "Every day, you are on the frontlines of America's justice system, making our country safer and better by protecting our fellow citizens, promoting equal justice, and upholding the Constitution and the rule of law", he said.

ABC News reported today that Rosenstein has privately said he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation probe, given that he could become a potential witness in the investigation.

"During the call, the president questioned the veracity of the intelligence community's judgment that Russia had interfered with the election and tried to persuade Mr. Rogers to say there was no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian officials, they said".

Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russian Federation probe since shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. "Nice", Trump tweeted, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a "witch hunt".

Mr Comey testified under oath that Mr Trump had told him during a private meeting: "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go".

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

And Mr. Comey said the reason he had leaked his notes on a meeting with the president was to prompt Mr. Rosenstein to name a special prosecutor.

The move ordered Thursday by the transition's general counsel cast a wide net on documents tied to the Russian Federation investigation as well as inquiries into the activities of Trump associates. When Rosenstein named Mueller special counsel, Gingrich had praised the choice, writing in a tweet that Mueller's "reputation is impeccable for honesty and integrity".

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