Trump Is Officially Under Investigation

Claudine Rigal
Juin 19, 2017

President Trump shot back on Thursday at reports that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating him for obstruction of justice, calling it a "phony story".

Trump's Friday morning tweet capped off 24 hours of comments on Twitter about the investigation, including several remarks about his opponent in the 2016 election.

In another tweet, Trump called it "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

In that same interview, Trump also said he was going to fire Comey regardless of what Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein recommended-despite the fact that when the defenestration was announced, Trump's official rationale leaned heavily on their recommendation letters.

That statement came just after reports that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's Russian business dealings.

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

The letter said the investigation would also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, attorney general under former U.S. president Barack Obama, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into former USA secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton's e-mail practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation. Trump cited the memo in firing Comey.

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

"I think it is a consideration the President has had because Mueller is illegitimate as special counsel", Christopher Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax Media, told CNN's Chris Cuomo on "New Day" Tuesday.

A representative for Trump's lawyer promptly reacted to the allegation.

Snowden has been living in Russian Federation since 2013 when it gave him asylum, resisting US pressure to extradite him. "Nice", Trump wrote in his first tweet.

Comey was later sacked, with Trump acknowledging that the Russian investigation was on his mind when he made a decision to dismiss him.

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

The testimony, which also included Comey's assertion that Trump had attempted to hinder the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn, evidently was a factor that led 45 percent of voters to say they trust Comey to tell the truth, while only 32 percent said the same of Trump.

In response, Trump on Thursday mocked federal investigators for making up a "phoney collusion with the Russians story", the New York Times reported.

Earlier this month, Rosenstein told The Associated Press that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will". In a statement, the National Security Agency said it "will fully cooperate with the special counsel", but declined to comment further.

Also on Wednesday, Senate Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley said his panel would investigate the removal of Comey and "any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations".

Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee last week and confirmed that he gave Mueller the memos he wrote detailing his interactions with Trump ahead of his firing.

The Democratic National Committee, in a statement Friday, said that Rosenstein, who has authority over Mueller, needs to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation and that control of the investigation should not be given to another presidential appointee.

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