Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russia investigators

Donald Trump's recent tweets look a lot like recently-leaked talking points purportedly put together by Republicans to combat a Washington Post report that the President is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice.

Your headline and story "Comey testifies he was sacked over Russian probe", barely mentions that fired FBI director James Comey admitted under oath he told President Trump on three separate occasions that he was not, and never had been, the subject of any intelligence agency investigation regarding collusion with the Russians.

In a report published on Wednesday, the paper quoted five people briefed on the requests, saying those who agreed to be interviewed include national intelligence director Daniel Coats, Admiral Mike Rogers who heads the National Security Agency (NSA), and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett.

Ken Starr, former independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton's scandals in the 1990s told CNN Thursday how hard it would be prove Trump or his team attempted to impede the Russian Federation probe.

Flynn was removed from his job by Trump in February.

Starr also pointed to the kind of language Trump used that Comey described in his memos actually helps Trump in his case. White House officials said Flynn was let go because he had lied to Vice President Mike Pence.

Separately, Coats testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed session Thursday that lasted for three-and-a-half hours.

"Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives", Gingrich wrote on Twitter, adding "very unsafe".

Special counsel Mueller is following two major lines of investigation, a source told Reuters. On Monday, a Trump friend said the president was considering dismissing Mueller though the White House later said he had no plans to do so.

Trump has repeatedly condemned the investigation and called news coverage about it "fake news".

It is the most significant sign that Mueller's investigation is extending beyond questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history", President Trump tweeted, "led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

Dershowitz added, "Nobody talked about obstruction of justice. And I have taken no action whatsoever with regard to any such investigation".

Jonathan Turley is a professor at George Washington University School of Law in Washington. "It's happening to discredit and to completely distract Donald Trump from being president of the United States", Huckabee said. You can not have obstruction of justice when the president exercises his constitutional authority to pardon, his constitutional authority to fire the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or his constitutional authority to tell the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who to prosecute, who not to prosecute.

Trump is not the only one under scrutiny, Barrett said: Investigators are also looking into the finances of Trump associates.

Whether this is the actual opening of a fissure or congressional Republicans will ultimately join Trump surrogates in maligning Mueller remains to be seen. The New York Times also reported the story.

  • Carolyn Briggs