Angry Trump decries being target of Russian Federation probe
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 17, 2017,
Jun 17, 2017, 19:38
"That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office".
"The way the director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong", Rosenstein wrote, failing to acknowledge the fact Trump cheered Comey's inquiry of Clinton on during the 2016 campaign. Mueller is now leading the investigation into whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election. After all, Trump fired him from his role as FBI Director on May 9, a little less than four years into his 10-year term.
The rising criticism puts a new focus on the relationships between the president, special counsel and the Justice Department, especially as questions loom over whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will recuse himself from overseeing Mueller's probe.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer, responded Wednesday evening to the Post report by saying: "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".
Mueller reports to Rosenstein on budget and staffing needs for his team.
"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", it continues.
Trump's young presidency has been battered by allegations-under investigation both by Congress and the FBI-that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favor, in possible collusion with Trump's campaign team. He said he didn't know if Trump obstructed justice, but said it was for Mueller to decide. Last week, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said the committee would ask Johnson to testify about interactions former President Barack Obama's administration had with secretaries of state and local election officials about the dangers the Russian hacking posed to election systems.
Comey's name has been floated around as a possible candidate in politics, but it is unlikely that the 56-year-old attorney will go down that route.
"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"
The order from the general counsel for the transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government. All week, some of Trump's most ardent defenders, including his son Donald Trump Jr., his White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and friend and occasional adviser Newt Gingrich have questioned the probe in similar ways.
Trump's tweet Friday reflected the first official confirmation that he is being investigated by the special counsel for the reasons he fired Comey last month. Those associates include former national security adviser Michael Flynn, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.
The transition order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence's confirmed that he had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.
His time under Bush, Obama and then Trump made him the longest-serving US attorney in the nation's history when he was confirmed to his current role under Sessions.