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No proof on collusion with Russians, tweets Donald Trump

18 June 2017, 01:44 | Clarence Schmidt

President Trump now under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, WAPO reports

Then FBI Director Robert Mueller arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C

Mueller's investigators have asked for information and will talk to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, according to a source, who said they have also sought information from recently retired NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett.

The Thursday document request came on a day when Trump unloaded on a probe he branded a 'witch hunt'.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who recommended Comey's dismissal, is overseeing the broader investigation, which is being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller - a respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director - has sought to beef up his investigatory firepower. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight of the probe given his own role in Comey's firing.

US President Donald Trump speaks about the shootings in Alexandria, Virginia, from the White House in Washington, US, June 14, 2017. Trump also bragged to visiting Russian diplomats that getting rid of Comey relieved him of "great pressure because of Russia".

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.

In an early-morning tweetstorm, Trump blasted the investigation as a "witch hunt" and a "phony story".

The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent wasn't getting the same scrutiny.

With the order, the transition team lawyers are indicating that they have reason to believe that the five men's actions are part of investigations by the Justice Department or the House or Senate Intelligence Committees, or will be.

Trump's tweets come 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.

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Other presidents have managed to compartmentalize investigations and go about the business of governing, but Trump seems consumed by the Mueller probe.

ABC News reported on Friday that Rosenstein has privately said he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation probe, given that he could become a potential witness in the investigation.

ABC News reported Friday that Rosenstein has privately acknowledged he may need to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation but has yet to seek a formal opinion on the matter.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she is concerned that Trump might try to fire both Rosenstein and Mueller. Rosenstein, who would be responsible for actually dismissing Mueller, told U.S. lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause.

U.S. intelligence agencies concluded in a report issued in January that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race to try to help Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails damaging to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

The president has vehemently denied any collusion with Moscow. The White House has denied any collusion.

President Trump now finds himself exactly where he doesn't want to be: under investigation by a dogged, highly respected prosecutor who owes him no personal or political loyalty. "Sad!" he wrote in one post.

The Post reports the other members include: 'former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who was listed as a foreign-policy adviser for the campaign'.

Allegations Kushner's finances are being studied as part of the investigation come after it was reported last month the team behind the probe were examining meetings he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a Russian banking executive late previous year during the presidential transition.



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