Trump tweets of witch hunt amid Russian Federation probe, bashes Hillary Clinton
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 16, 2017,
Jun 16, 2017, 16:36
It comes a day after a new report indicated that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice.
Tensions escalated with Mueller's latest moves.
Officials familiar with the probe into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 election told The Washington Post on Thursday that Mueller is investigating the finances and business dealings of Kushner as well as other Trump associates.
Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee last week that the president pressured him to "let go" of the agency's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's alleged Moscow ties in a private Oval Office meeting in February.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sen.
Five people spoke to the Post on the condition of anonymity, because "they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly".
"We worked through all of that", Burr told reporters.
The story broke hours after Mueller met with top members of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"We'll be meeting with him in the next few days".
Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, responded to this report evading responsibility and blaming leakers. It was not known whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation was the source of the information. The leak of this information is a crime.
The president took to Twitter again Thursday afternoon to wonder why his defeated Democratic opponent wasn't getting the same scrutiny.
"We remain skeptical regarding the potential for congressional action against President Trump as the obstruction claims will ultimately be assessed through a political lens, but the overhang will persist", the analysts wrote in a note to clients.
Donald Trump has blasted the "phony story" that he is being investigated for obstruction of justice, saying it is "the single greatest witch hunt in American political history".
The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said. And a couple of days later Trump reportedly called Coates and Rogers, asking them to publicly refute suspicions that his associates had conspired with Russian Federation in order to help him win the election.
Mueller is close friends with former FBI Director James Comey, one of the star witnesses in the case. Flynn was forced to resign for misleading administration officials about his contacts with Russia's USA ambassador.
Trump denies that he asked Comey to drop the Flynn probe - part of his version of the events involving Comey that he said last week he would be "100 percent" willing to recount under oath.
When Comey's dismissal was announced last month, Trump said that he was assured on three occasions by Comey that he was not personally under investigation.
The President's legal team - slammed the leak of the story - as outrageous and illegal.
In addition, Feinstein has asked Grassley to call Attorney General Jeff Sessions and several other Trump administration officials to testify. Mr Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on 11 May he had the Russian Federation issue in mind when he fired Mr Comey.
"When I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself - I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, '" Trump told NBC News.