Trump lashes out over Russia probe

Henrietta Strickland
June 19, 2017

However, it is likely that he was tweeting about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, or Mueller who is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing ex-FBI Director James Comey last month amid the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Accusations of possible obstruction by Trump were first raised last month when the president abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey while that agency was investigating the possibility of ties between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign, according to The Associated Press.

Some Republicans have called for Mueller's firing, citing alleged conflicts of interest.

According to the Post, Trump's firing of Comey on May 9 launched an investigation weeks before the former FBI director took the stand.

Citing Rosenstein's private remarks, ABC News reported that he may have to recuse himself from the investigation, potentially following in the footsteps of Attorney General Jeff Sessions who did so in early March in a move that continues to vex the American president.

In a pivotal shift in the investigation that has riveted Americans like no other in decades, senior intelligence officials have agreed to be interviewed by investigators working for the special counsel, Robert Mueller, the Post said.

While accusing the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration of indulging in illegal acts, Trump had said that "there was never a special counsel appointed to oversee the acts of his Democrat predecessors". Trump fired Comey in May.

His comments follow a report that former FBI Director Robert Mueller is examining whether Trump obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey. The order by the general counsel for his transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government. The Post spoke with five people briefed on the inquiries, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the probe publicly.

Comey told Congress last week that he leaked his memos of his conversations Trump to a friend after a tweet by the president suggested he may have taped the conversations. This latest blast nearly suggests that Rosenstein told Trump to fire Comey because of Russian Federation, not because of the prior Clinton investigation debacle.

The lawsuit said CNN asked for the memos on May 16 in a Freedom of Information Act request, but said the Federal Bureau of Investigation had not turned them over yet even though the Justice Department's Office of Information had granted a request for expedited processing.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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