Mueller expands special counsel office, hires 13 lawyers

And it was Rosenstein who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

President Donald Trump says it's "sad" that seven months of investigations and hearings into possible links between his campaign and Russian Federation have been fruitless.

"It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russia", Jamie Gorelick, Kushner's lawyer said in response to the Post' report.

The Trump tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned organization officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters. "He will do the same if he is contacted in connection with any other inquiry", he added.

However, the Post's newest dispatch is the first time that it has been specifically reported that the FBI is investigating Kushner's business practices. Comey confirmed that in his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.

Sanders, for example, was asked if Trump still felt "vindicated" by the extraordinary congressional testimony last week by James Comey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation director whose firing by Trump has contributed to questions about whether the president obstructed justice.

"If the president thinks he can fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will shut down the investigation, he's in for a rude awakening", she said in a statement.

White House senior advisor Jared Kushner arrives to join U.S. President Donald Trump and the rest of the U.S. delegation to meet with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the Royal Court in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia May 20, 2017.

"I think the president has placed an incredible emphasis on jobs, jobs, jobs this week - think about all the lawyers that got hired this week", Heck told MSNBC's Katy Tur, referring to the robust legal teams that have grown in light of the Russian Federation probe.

Among its other points, the memo also orders that any records be preserved about foreign travel by transition officials or personnel of Trump's presidential campaign.

Several White House officials and Trump associates insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the president's views of the unfolding investigation. The first time he told Trump was in his first meeting with the president before the inauguration on January 6. Comey testified that Trump said to him, "I hope you can let this go".

Trump has furiously railed against leaks coming out of his administration and the intelligence community since he took office.

The new allegations against Trump center on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the direction of the inquiry.

But a new worry about Mueller is taking shape. Still, the snowballing investigation has deeply angered Trump, who denies he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation.

The Post 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 NSA, and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett. Coats later told lawmakers he never felt pressured to intervene.

Rosenstein did not explain why he issued the statement.

  • Zachary Reyes