CNN sues Justice Department for copies of Comey's memos on Trump
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 18:09
For months President Donald Trump made it known that he's not personally under investigation as part of the probe into possible campaign ties to Russian Federation, but now it appears that could be changing.
"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"
Yet Trump's angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active probe.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's outside attorney, Marc Kasowitz, slammed the Post's reporting.
That appeared to be the first public confirmation that Trump is being investigated for obstruction of justice - and a digital salvo trained at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo criticizing Comey.
Recently, Comey made a startling revelation, accusing the White House of "lies".
Meanwhile, special counsel Robert Mueller - a respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director - has sought to beef up his investigatory firepower.
The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking.
"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked at one point.
While he called the Russian investigation a 'phony story, ' he seemingly confirmed that he is in fact under investigation for obstruction of justice.
President Donald Trump is telling his Twitter followers that they are witnessing the "single greatest WITCH HUNT in American history".
Vice President Mike Pence has also hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.
Pence retained Richard Cullen, a partner at McGuire Woods in Richmond, Virginia, who previously served as a US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and has extensive experience with government investigations.
The president did not directly address allegations that he is being probed for possibly obstructing justice - a potentially impeachable offense.
The New York Times sued the FBI on Friday, seeking a court's help in getting the agency to turn over documents created by fired FBI Director James Comey after his conversations with President Donald Trump.
Comey testified last week that he also felt pressured to drop the Flynn probe.
Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was "increasingly concerned" that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.
Trump's apparent attack on Rosenstein also raised further questions about whether he will stay in his position or recuse himself from the investigation.
Mueller's meeting was not on the president's schedule, nor was Mueller present when other members of the shortlist, including former Sen.
"I think he's weighing that option", he said of Trump.