Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice


Trump took to Twitter Friday morning to lash out at the months-long investigation into Russian Federation meddling. Trump later told NBC's Lester Holt he had planned to fire Comey regardless of what recommendation he received from Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. It was not clear whether these records would be sought by Mueller, or the various Senate and House committees investigating alleged Russian interference in the United States election, or all of these.

Trump's tweets are the latest - and most direct - attacks on the leader of an investigation that he insists is unnecessary and distracting.

The former speaker said Trump called him Monday night and that the two discussed Gingrich's concerns.

Comey admitted to leaking one of the memos to the media via a friend at Columbia Law School in order to trigger a special counsel to lead the Department of Justice's Russian Federation probe.

Attorney Steve Ryan says Friday that Michael Cohen plans on cooperating "in all governmental inquiries". Mueller also has expansive powers to investigate any matters that develop from his initial investigation. He also was a top supporter of Trump during the campaign. The appearance before the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday gave Sessions a chance to defend himself, but offered little new insight.

Ryan is a former general counsel for the Senate's committee on governmental affairs.

On Friday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement, "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations". "Sad!" the president tweeted.

Trump's tweets came after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.

He reiterated tweets from Thursday morning about the investigation. They are Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort's business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; Flynn; and Roger J Stone Jr, an informal adviser to Trump.

The special counsel is following two major lines of investigation, said one U.S. official familiar with the rough outlines of Mueller's probe who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The transition order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence's confirmed that he had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.

Questions have swirled around potential obstruction of justice since Mr Comey's dramatic testimony last week. "#MAGA", Trump said in another tweet. But Sessions angrily denounced such claims as "secret innuendo", a likely reference to media accounts of a closed-door briefing lawmakers had last week with Comey that suggested the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been looking into whether another meeting had taken place.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence's office confirmed yesterday that he has retained Richard Cullen, a former USA attorney and the former Virginia attorney general, in response to the investigation.

Allies have even floated the idea that Mueller may be fired.

Seth Moulton, a congressman from Salem in Massachusetts, tweeted, "As the Representative of Salem, MA, I can confirm that this is false", referring to Mr Trump's "witch hunt" whine.

Trump lashed out on Twitter seeming to say that the obstruction of justice and Russian Federation investigation was "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" "Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!"

The Labor Department this month that the jobless rate fell to 4.3 percent the lowest level since 2001, from 4.4 percent.

"The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people!" But the longer the investigation goes on, the greater the likelihood that someone will innocently contradict himself in a deposition, giving evidence that doesn't mesh with what was originally said to an FBI investigator.

President Donald Trump walks with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster from the Oval Office to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., then onto Miami.

The Post says that, "Mueller's investigation is in a relatively early phase, and it is unclear whether criminal charges will be brought when it is complete".

The White House has said the president "has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".