Trump Responds to Obstruction of Justice Investigation

The memo sent Thursday asks for records related to foreign travel, contacts with Russian "officials, agents or nationals" and background investigations into the top Trump associates now targeted by Mueller's probe.

Trump is not the first president to be subjected to a special counsel investigation, nor the first president to protest it.

It was unclear if Trump was referencing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Also according to reports out Friday, Mueller has hired 13 attorneys to work on the investigation into Trump ties with Russian Federation and plans to add more in coming weeks. While he called the Russian investigation a 'phony story, ' he seemingly confirmed that he is in fact under investigation for obstruction of justice. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote on Twitter.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Kasowitz said via a spokesman. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the investigators were looking into possible obstruction of justice.

Mueller met Wednesday with the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort to ensure their investigations don't conflict. "They're the ones we are not winning in", he said at the Mid-Winter Ball. The aide spoke on condition of anonymity because the meeting was private.

Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency.

ABC said Rosenstein told Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand she would have authority over the probe if he were to step aside. White House statements about Director Comey's firing because of the FBI's lack of confidence in him are plain, flat-out lies. Dianne Feinstein, the panel's top Democrat.

Comey painted a picture of an overbearing President he did not trust and who pressured him to stop the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of Flynn. The American people deserve to know just how deeply Moscow delved into our election process - and whether any Americans were connected to the interference with our democratic process. Grassley said Comey's dismissal and Comey's testimony on Lynch should be looked at together, noting that Comey "took the opportunity in his testimony to clear his own name by denouncing as false the administration's claims that the FBI rank-and-file had lost confidence in Mr. Comey's leadership in the wake of the Clinton email investigation".

  • Larry Hoffman