Trump Blasts 'Sad' Russia Probes, Says They've Found No Evidence Of Collusion

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

With news reports that the Special Counsel investigating election interference in 2016 by Russian Federation is looking at possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, Mr. Trump expressed frustration Thursday at the prospect of that review, again taking to Twitter to denounce the probe as a "witch hunt", and complaining that Hillary Clinton should be the subject of a Russia-related investigation, not him.

It was not clear whether the President was basing his tweet on direct knowledge that he is under investigation, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the President obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey last month amid the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

If the report is true and if it is confirmed that Trump obstructed justice by trying to get former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director James Comey, and perhaps others, to end the Russian Federation probe, that could lead to the President's impeachment by Congress, something that many Democratic lawmakers say they would pursue if circumstances warrant.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who recommended Comey's dismissal, is overseeing the broader investigation, which is being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

But on Sunday, one of Trump's legal team members Jay Sekulow told NBC's Meet the Press that the president was not being investigated, and the the report is false.

US Vice President Mike Pence has hired a personal lawyer to deal with requests from the special counsel investigating possible collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 election, a top aide said Thursday. "There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation".

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", he said. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the investigators were looking into possible obstruction of justice.

Before his dismissal, Comey confirmed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating alleged Russian government efforts to interfere in the election, including any links between Trump's campaign and Moscow. Trump said on Twitter, calling the probe into him a "Witch Hunt".

After the firestorm caused by Comey's firing, Rosenstein appointed Mueller, Comey's predecessor as FBI director, to take over the DOJ Russia investigation.

"We do not know what this report refers to", Jamie Gorelick, an attorney for Kushner, said in response. There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation.

The Democratic National Committee said it saw a need for Rosenstein to recuse himself, but it said control over the investigation should be given to Mueller and not another Trump appointee. Trump fired Comey in early May. 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.

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

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