'Bad' people leading 'witch hunt' probe

Claudine Rigal
Juin 18, 2017

This latest blast nearly suggests that Rosenstein told Trump to fire Comey because of Russian Federation, not because of the prior Clinton investigation debacle. It was unclear whether his tweet about being under investigation was based on direct knowledge or new media reports that suggest Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey.

Mueller is leading the Russian Federation probe after being appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the Department of Justice, which oversees the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But in recent days, as the investigations by the F.B.I. and three congressional committees have accelerated and expanded, conservatives have closed ranks-and begun questioning Mueller's motives. One story said Trump is the target of an obstruction investigation.

Quoting officials, the newspaper said one event of interest to Mr Mueller is an exchange on March 22, when Mr Coats told associates that Mr Trump had asked him to intervene with Mr Comey to get him to back off the focus on Mr Trump's former national security advisor Mike Flynn as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of the Russian Federation affair.

For many Democrats, there's some irony in coming to Comey's defense and embracing his concerns about Trump. "Comey admitted he leaked the memo to the New York Times, hoping it would bring about a special counsel which, by the way, turned out to be his best buddy Robert Mueller".

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

The president didn't clarify what exactly he was referring to in the early morning tweet, however he has frequently described reports about possible ties between members of his campaign and Russian Federation as a "witch hunt".

The Post referred to anonymous sources who had been briefed on requests made by Mueller's investigators.

In fact, Rosenstein recently testified that he believes he is the only person who can fire Mueller and that he believes he's only permitted to do so for "good cause" (meaning not on a presidential whim).

Forewarned is forearmed. So perhaps the country is lucky that President Trump's allies have floated the possibility that he might fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 campaign, including possible collusion between Trump associates and Moscow.

Gingrich himself did a complete 180, savaging Mueller for being "anti-Trump" and playing a "rigged game", citing the preponderance of Democratic attorneys on Mueller's investigative team. Pence has hired Richard Cullen, a lawyer known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations, his office said on Thursday.

Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes by Trump associates, the daily said, quoting unnamed United States officials.

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. Trump said in a follow-up message.

"A lot of people have tried to make the case - including the president - that this means that the collusion investigation is being abandoned", Entous said.

"I'm sure the White House feels threatened and under siege, but it's unfortunate that they're trying to undermine the duly appointed special counsel", he said.

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