Donald Trump cries 'witch hunt' over obstruction probe
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 17:45
The Washington Post signaled an escalation of the conflict when it posted an article later Wednesday reporting that special counsel Robert Mueller has launched an investigation into President Donald Trump personally over possible obstruction of justice in connection with the federal probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and collusion by Trump campaign officials. Trump, who on Friday confirmed he's being investigated by the Special Counsel, has dismissed the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt". It was unclear whether his tweet about being under investigation was based on direct knowledge or new media reports that suggest Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey.
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If true, the investigation represents an expansion of Mr Mueller's original probe into links between Moscow and the 2016 Trump presidential election campaign.
Since his appointment on May 17, Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, has recruited a high-powered team of lawyers, investigators and prosecutors with deep expertise in areas ranging from financial fraud to constitutional law.
Comey confirmed as much in a Senate hearing last week. Comey acknowledged that he had told Trump at the time that Trump was not a target of the FBI investigation.
Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters about the ongoing Russian Federation controversy as he departed the White House Friday for Miami. So this particular tweet coming from Trump on Friday morning went off like a siren.
People zeroed into the words "I am being investigated" and wondered who he's talking about.
California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Trump's tweets are sending a message "that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired". According to White House sources speaking to Politico, his staffers are annoyed at the fact that they can't seem to get anything done because all POTUS wants to talk and think about is the Russian Federation investigation.
The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to open an investigation into Trump's firing of Comey.
If that is the case, it could be part of what appears to be a pattern of statements that are meant to back the president. The order also wants background records on former campaign manager Paul Manafort; his business partner Rick Gates; former foreign policy adviser Carter Page; former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone.
"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" Pence headed the Trump transition until inauguration day.
"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he wrote.