Trump confirms he is being investigated over firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Vincent Carr
June 19, 2017

Citing a memo from the general counsel's office of Trump's transition team, the NYT said members were given the order yesterday for any information involving Russian Federation or Ukraine in the latest sign of the investigation's expanding reach.

"It would be a catastrophic mistake, but he doesn't have the authority to do it", Republican senator Susan Collins of ME told reporters. While the investigation had originally been focused on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, the Post reported, the obstruction inquiry began after Trump fired Comey.

"He is a man of extraordinary independence and integrity. and great character", Vice President Mike Pence told reporters on Wednesday, noting that the longtime Justice Department official "came to work, sat down and made his recommendation" to fire Comey.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Mueller is investigating possible obstruction of justice by Trump. The story cited "U.S. officials familiar with the matter" as the source for its claim.

"We do not know what this report refers to", Kushner's lawyer Jamie Gorelick said in a statement provided by Kushner's office.

Democrats challenged Rosenstein on whether he would appoint a special prosecutor to look into Russia's election meddling.

Comey said he typed notes describing the conversations because he was anxious Trump "might lie" later about them. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry". On Wednesday, Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz suggested without providing evidence that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had leaked details of the criminal probe.

Vice-President Mike Pence's office said on yesterday he had hired a lawyer known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations to help him with the Russian Federation probes. 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. Coats and Rogers have testified that they were not pressured by the Trump administration. And then they end up being liars!' Grassley told the paper.

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. And in the Justice Department, that is what we do on a daily basis, that is how are trained.

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A White House official said Friday's tweetstorm is a sign Trump is "taking matters into his own hands" - the latest example of how he thinks he is the best person to deliver his message.

The Washington Post first reported the Cullen hire. "The continued illegal leaks are the only crime here".

Trump, in a series of morning tweets, reverted back to the tone that won him the White House, slamming the investigation a day after he called for unity in the wake of a shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice that injured several people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.

Earlier this week, the investigation led by Mueller appeared to move closer to Trump. Flynn was forced to resign for misleading administration officials about his contacts with Russia's U.S. ambassador.

Trump also trained his fire on his onetime rival Hillary Clinton. Rosenstein, the official who would be responsible for dismissing Mueller, told United States lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause. He declined to say whether he thought Trump sought to obstruct justice, saying that would be up to Mueller to sort out. Rosenstein also approved the appointment of Mueller as special counsel after the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

But days later, Trump said in an NBC interview that he had made a decision to fire Comey before getting their input and he was thinking of "this Russian Federation thing" when he did it.

Rosenstein's statement read: "Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials, ' particularly when they do not identify the country-let alone the branch or agency of government-with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated".

Graham also wants to question Comey about his leaking of a memo to the press in order to prompt the naming of a special counsel.

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