New York Times sues Federal Bureau of Investigation to get notes of Comey-Trump talks
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 8:55
Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was "increasingly concerned" that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.
The Times points out that Trump's tweet came hours after an "oddly worded" statement by Rosenstein about leaks.
As the investigation expands, that raises the possibility that Rosenstein may recuse himself from that role, since he wrote the memo justifying Comey's firing. And Trump himself took aim at the senior Justice Department official responsible for appointing Mueller, accusing him on Twitter of leading a "Witch Hunt". The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.
USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race to try to help Mr Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails damaging to his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
Mueller is investigating Russian interference in USA elections and possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign.
The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump's presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking yet more political oxygen out of the West Wing.
In a second tweet, Trump touted his "powerful" presence on social media, despite widespread criticism that his recurring rants on Twitter and other online media have only compounded his legal and political problems.
On Thursday afternoon, Trump sent two tweets attacking his former opponent. While the investigation had originally been focused on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, The Post reported, the obstruction inquiry began after Trump fired Comey.
The White House has directed questions to outside legal counsel, which has not responded. He testified that he leaked information about the notes through a friend to the Times to increase pressure for the appointment of a special prosecutor after he concluded Mr. Trump's administration "defamed" him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after his May 9 firing. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.
Vice President Mike Pence has also hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.
Through a spokesman, Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, blasted The Post's report, though he stopped short of denying it.
"If President Trump were to try to replicate [former President Richard] Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre by firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in addition to Mueller, Congress must unite to stop him-without respect to party, and for the sake of the nation", he added.
Trump's tweet Friday morning came after a series of angry tweets Wednesday in which he also complained about a "witch hunt" and criticized the investigation into ties between his campaign and Russia as "a phone collusion with the Russians story".