Trump administration rips leaks surrounding Mueller probe
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 13:36
He did not mention any names but his message comes a day after he took to Twitter to slam a media report indicating that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Trump himself for obstruction of justice related to the Russian Federation probe.
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is calling on Congress to "unite to stop" President Donald Trump if he tries to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
All the stories about Mueller investigating Trump for possible obstruction cited anonymous sources.
KEITH: In that same interview, Trump said that the Russian Federation investigation had been on his mind when he chose to fire Comey. "Sad!" the president tweeted Friday. "The Judiciary Committee has an obligation to fully investigate any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations", said committee Chairman Charles Grassley, a Republican, in a letter released Wednesday.
"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"
"He's driving this", the White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss West Wing internal deliberations.
Onlookers have assumed that any obstruction was meant to prevent evidence of "collusion" or Russian infiltration of Trump's campaign from surfacing.
President Trump issued an eyebrow-raising tweet Friday morning.
The Senate intelligence committee has also interviewed Johnson in connection with its investigation of Russian activities during last year's election 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.
The investigations, however, have cast a shadow over his five-month presidency.
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Comey had presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the U.S. election, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian elections "year after year", he said.
Within the last few hours, Trump has confirmed that he is indeed under investigation for obstruction of justice.
The administration initially gave differing reasons for his dismissal, including that he had lost the confidence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
That memo was delivered to Trump the same day he fired Comey.
On Wednesday, the Post reported that Mueller was examining whether Trump has tried to obstruct justice and was seeking interviews with three administration officials: Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence; Michael Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director. The intelligence chiefs declined to discuss their private conversations with Trump during a Senate panel hearing on June 7.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's legal team, denounced the Post report, saying on Wednesday: "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".
It's unclear whether this and other leaks are coming from inside or outside the investigation - for instance, from associates of individuals who are the subject of scrutiny.