Trump tweets of witch hunt amid Russian Federation probe, bashes Hillary Clinton

Claudine Rigal
Juin 16, 2017

Trump reportedly became aware of the longtime relationship between Mueller and Comey after being alerted to reports on Breitbart News and other conservative media outlets.

His refusals to comment, including about conversations with Trump on Comey's firing, repeatedly irked Democrats.

On Wednesday night, Sean Hannity ripped into The Washington Post's latest report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has expanded his investigation to include President Trump for possible obstruction of justice.

He also said Comey should have shared his concerns about the Trump conversation with another Justice Department official, Dana Boente, who was then acting deputy attorney general, and would have been Comey's direct supervisor.

Even though Trump was told by former FBI Director James Comey earlier this year that he was not personally under investigation, officials tell the Post that changed shortly after Comey's firing.

A former Republican senator, Sessions was an early supporter of Trump's presidential campaign, but sources say there has been tension between the two men in recent weeks because Trump was annoyed that Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe.

Rosenstein is charged with Mueller's fate because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters having to do with the Trump-Russia investigation.

The NSA told the Post in a statement that it intends to "fully cooperate with the special counsel". Investigators are also probing whether any Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian officials.

Comey testified last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee, where he gave a detailed account of his conversations with the president, whom he said asked him for his "loyalty" and insinuated that his job as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief might depend on providing such a pledge.

Trump has made it clear that he is frustrated by the U.S. probe of Russian interference in the presidential election, which USA intelligence officials said was done to tilt the outcome in Trump's favor. He did allow for the possibility the men could have had a brief interaction "in passing" at a well-attended reception at the Mayflower Hotel before an April 2016 foreign policy speech by then-candidate Trump.

Trump, according to The Times, has brought up the legal and political implications of firing Mueller, whom he thinks is "incapable of an impartial investigation".

Mueller's investigative team has expanded in recent weeks.

The report stated that Trump was angered when he learned of the relationship and made plans to dump Mueller before being convinced it would be a disastrous move.

The White House could be months away from deciding whether President Donald Trump should invoke executive privilege to block Attorney General Jeff Sessions, or others, from telling lawmakers about private conversations with the commander-in-chief. "That's Bob Mueller's job to sort that out".

"Consistent with longstanding Department of Justice practice", Sessions said, "I can not and will not violate my duty to protect confidential communications with the president".

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Corallo told CNN. "It is absurd, frankly, to suggest that a recusal from a single specific investigation would render the attorney general unable to manage the leadership of the various Department of Justice law enforcement components that conduct thousands of investigations", he said. Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on May 11 he had the Russian Federation issue in mind when he fired Comey.

At a press conference following Comey's hearing in which he took no questions from the press, Trump's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, echoed his boss: "The President feels completely vindicated", he said.

Mueller spokesman Peter Carr told NPR's Carrie Johnson, "We'll decline to comment".

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