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Donald Trump confirms obstruction of justice probe, claiming 'witch hunt'

18 June 2017, 12:45 | Guillermo Sutton

Donald Trump confirms obstruction of justice probe claiming ‘witch hunt

Donald Trump confirms obstruction of justice probe claiming ‘witch hunt

"Witch Hunt", the president wrote.

The focus on Rosenstein sharpened Friday because the President attacked the deputy attorney general in a tweet, blaming him for what he terms a "witch hunt".

When Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey last month, he initially cited a memo written by Rosenstein as the basis for the dismissal.

The development comes a day after the daily reported that Mueller had extended his probe into determining whether the President tried to obstruct justice by suggesting to top intelligence and law enforcement officials that they end the Russian Federation investigation.

But there was some evidence that Rosenstein's motivation may instead have been his own mounting frustration at seeing details of the law enforcement investigation appear almost daily in the news media. Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, has also advised against firing Mr. Mueller.

That would be pure nuttery insofar as it would dog Trump for the rest of his presidency and nearly certainly ensure that Democrats impeach him if they retake the House in 2018, but he may not be able to help himself. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office". If firing Comey was indeed obstruction of justice, then, according to Trump's implicit logic, Rosenstein could be guilty of a crime of obstruction. Rosenstein may have thought that by casting doubt on whether Trump really is being investigated, he'd reduce public pressure on him to recuse himself as a possible witness to obstruction.

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Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law and one of his favored advisers, as well as other business associates close to the president and his campaign are being looked into by Mueller, anonymous sources told the newspaper.

"His concern was, because we're looking at the potential - again, that's the subject of the investigation - coordination between the campaign and Russian Federation, because it was President Trump - President-elect Trump's campaign, this person's view was, inevitably, his behavior, his conduct will fall within the scope of that work", Comey said. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.

Vice President Mike Pence hired an outside lawyer to represent his legal interests in the expanding Russian Federation probe.

The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after the inauguration.

His memo criticizing Comey - issued amid the former FBI director's investigation into Russia's 2016 actions - has cast doubt over his objectivity in the eyes of many Democrats. "While the president has every right to" fire Mr. Mueller, "he has no intention to do so", the White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters late Tuesday.

"Why is that Hillary Clinton's family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked. Question: How desperate are Trump's lawyers right now to walk back the apparent admission in his tweet above that he really is under investigation for obstruction? "Witch Hunt", the president wrote on Twitter.



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