New York Times sues FBI to get notes of Comey-Trump talks
- Author: Megan Austin Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 0:12
The probe by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI chief, "marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin", The Washington Post had reported.
"Witch hunt' is how Trump characterizes the probe into Russia's election interference and possible ties to his campaign associates".
So, now, Trump tweets it is a witch hunt that Rosenstein is investigating him for firing Comey.
Pres. Trump says being investigated by "man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"
A day later, Mr. Rosenstein appointed Mr. Mueller, who was at the helm of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the September 11 attacks, as special counsel.
Recent news reports have suggested Mr Trump sought all three officials' help in pressuring Mr Comey to drop his investigation into former national security adviser Mike Flynn. But Trump later said in a television interview that he fired Comey at least in part because he was frustrated over the Russian Federation investigation Comey was leading.
After Trump's tweet Friday morning, a person close to the president's legal team told NPR's Scott Horsley that the tweet referred to the Wednesday Washington Post report regarding possible obstruction of justice.
Just as he has done publicly on Twitter, Trump has told friends and associates that the investigation is a "witch hunt" and that others are out to get him.
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Regardless of the chaos that could ensue in the leadership of the Justice Department, Mueller's investigation appears insulated, and much of the work of the department done by USA attorneys across the country will continue, Cramer said.
Boente, however, was nominated by former President Barack Obama and his U.S. attorney's office has already been leading parts of the federal investigation.
Durbin, speaking on WGN radio, said he hoped the response to Trump firing Mueller would be bipartisan if it occurred.
The Democratic National Committee called on Rosenstein to recuse himself from the Russian Federation matter, but it said authority over the investigation should be given to Mueller and not another Trump appointee.
Another is, indeed, the possibility that Trump may have obstructed justice in his repeated efforts to quash the investigation. Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit - including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich - have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal.
Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters about the ongoing Russian Federation controversy as he departed the White House Friday for Miami.
Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month regarding the probe, kept up his criticism of the investigation.
The Russia issue has cast a shadow over Trump's five months in office. The No. 2, John Cornyn of Texas, said he saw "no reason" to fire Mueller, and even Majority Leader Mitch McConnell expressed "a lot of confidence" in the special counsel.