US President says no proof on 'collusion' with Russians

Olive Rios
June 19, 2017

The investigation now reportedly includes the President himself, after Senate testimony by Mr Comey indicated that he had tried to get him to drop an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's Russian Federation connections.

The source said investigators have sought information from Richard Ledgett, who recently retired as deputy NSA director and, the source said, had written a memo documenting an attempt from Trump urging Rogers to tamp down on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation. "Witch Hunt", Trump tweeted on Friday morning.

In a tweet earlier Friday, Trump said nobody has been able to show any proof about his collusion with Moscow after months of investigations.

Mr Rosenstein took over the investigation into whether Russian Federation tried to tip the U.S. election in favour of Mr Trump after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March.

Aside for Mueller, Feinstein also noted how Trump previously received a memo from Rosenstein, containing the Deputy Attorney General's recommendation ahead of the Comey firing.

Trump and his White House have offered various explanations for Comey's abrupt ouster, including that he lost the confidence of the bureau's rank and file - a suggestion flatly dismissed by acting director Andrew McCabe.

The business dealings of President Donald Trump's son-in-law and trusted aide Jared Kushner are being investigated by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing officials familiar with the matter.

"There's still no evidence of obstruction, and current and former leaders in the intelligence community have repeatedly said there's been no effort to impede the investigation in any way", she said in a statement.

Mark Corallo, spokesman for Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz, blamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for leaking information, which he says is "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

He reiterated his claims on NBC's "Meet the Press" saying that Donald Trump "was not and had not been under investigation for obstruction".

The FBI and Congress are both looking at whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the alleged Kremlin plot.

Rosenstein handed the reigns of that investigation over to independent Special Counsel Robert Mueller about one week after Comey's dismissal. The newspaper noted Mueller had requested interviews with CIA Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director. However, Trump later asserted that he had already made the decision himself to fire Comey.

The Justice Department declined to comment on Friday.

A week after Comey's firing, Mueller was appointed as special counsel to lead the probe.

The US president is reportedly probed over obstruction of justice.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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