Trump lashes out over probe into possible obstruction of justice

Judith Bessette
Junho 20, 2017

Although he was strongly critical of some of Comey's testimony, the president said last week that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief had vindicated him when he said that while he was at the agency, Trump was not the subject of the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

The investigation of possible Russian interference in the US election is reportedly looking into whether President Donald Trump may have obstructed justice.

In the same article, The Post reported that investigators are scrutinizing meetings held by Jared Kushner, Trump's adviser and son-in-law, including a December sit-down with Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, which the Obama administration sanctioned after Russia's annexation of Crimea and its support of separatists in eastern Ukraine.

The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials to determine whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.

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

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer, responded Wednesday to the Post's report saying: "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", according to FoxNews.com.

In a May 9 memo, Rosenstein lambasted then-FBI Director James Comey for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server.

The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after the inauguration.

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee says she is "increasingly concerned" that President Donald Trump will attempt to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Regardless of the outcome, the specter of Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.

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The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent wasn't getting the same scrutiny.

"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he wrote.

"After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my "collusion with the Russians", nobody has been able to show any proof".

On Thursday Trump derided a "witch hunt" against him, led by some "very bad" people.

The order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence hired an outside lawyer to represent his legal interests.

"The accusations now are the current and former attorney general were political", Graham said in an interview Thursday.

Mueller's investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials.

A spokesman for Mueller's team declined to comment on Wednesday. It cited five people briefed on the requests by Mueller's team who spoke on condition of anonymity. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone. When Comey testified last week, he also gave the committee and Mueller a document that involved Comey taking notes of his communications with President Trump. Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on May 11 he had the Russian Federation issue in mind when he fired Comey.

"We may have our differences, but we do well, in times like these, to remember that everyone who serves in our nation's capital is here because, above all, they love our country", Trump said.

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