Robert Mueller gifts probe to US President Donald Trump for birthday

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

Trump appears to confirm he is being investigated...

The letter said the investigation will also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation. Last week, Comey testified in a Senate hearing that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

Comey had accused Trump of firing him to try to undermine the FBI's investigation of a possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russian Federation in alleged efforts to influence last year's presidential election.

Rosenstein told the Associated Press earlier this month that when he hired Mueller he discussed the possibility of having recuse himself "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation" and if recusal is necessary. Now, that's no longer the case.

So, now, Trump tweets it is a witch hunt that Rosenstein is investigating him for firing Comey.

Reports have been mounting that Mueller is investigating Trump for potential obstruction of justice related to his firing of Comey. Coats ultimately decided that interfering would be inappropriate.

Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.

A few days after the March 22 meeting, Trump spoke separately with Coats and Rogers and asked them to issue public statements to the effect that there was no evidence of coordination between his campaign and Russian Federation. This, too, could be a sign of the president acting inappropriately.

In a report published on Wednesday, the paper quoted five people briefed on the requests, saying those who agreed to be interviewed include national intelligence director Daniel Coats, Admiral Mike Rogers who heads the National Security Agency (NSA), and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett. Comey's firing likely will be part of that probe.

Potentially. The White House and the president in theory can try to invoke executive privilege, which protects the private deliberations of the executive branch.

During the Watergate scandal, former president Richard Nixon attempted to use executive privilege to hide information. He lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration with the unrelenting controversy that has consumed his early presidency. The responsibility would fall to Congress to review any findings of misconduct.

Comey told lawmakers he gave notes he had taken after that meeting and his other eight meetings or phone calls he had with Trump to Mueller.

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