Manafort, Trump Jr. to Be Interviewed, Won't Testify at Senate Hearing

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 22, 2017

The New York Times and the Washington Post reported that Trump's team is "scouring" the personal and professional backgrounds of investigators working for Special Counsel Robert Mueller in an effort to thwart his expanding probe into alleged links between Russian Federation and the President's business empire.

Significantly, he said Mueller would cross a red line if he started looking at Trump family finances going beyond any Russian Federation connection.

The changes came to light Thursday, just a day after Trump's interview with The New York Times, where he spoke openly about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

"And if he was going to recuse himself", Trump told the newspaper, "he should have told me before he took the job and I would have picked somebody else".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election has now turned its focus to President Donald Trump's finances.

"You ask me to say whether I trust somebody who is an official in charge of cybersecurity?"

In an interview with The New York times earlier this week Trump spelled out that he would deem any investigation into his personal finances an overreach of the probe.

He would also be inquiring into whether Trump was briefed on the meeting afterward, as well as what was discussed, the source said.

The president's legal team is also said to be hard at work trying to prove conflicts of interest on Mr Mueller's staff. "I believe it would be catastrophic if the president were to fire him".

Bloomberg first reported on Thursday Mueller was looking into Trump's past business transactions as a part of the probe, despite Trump's warning in a New York Times interview not to do so.

"The fact is that the president is concerned about conflicts that exist within the special counsel's office and any changes in the scope of the investigation", Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's lawyers, told the Post. The counsel is looking for any indication that the president knew the meeting his son had was planned and might have suggested topics for discussion, the source said.

Susan Collins is defending Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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