Trump Says No Proof Of Collusion With Russians
- Author: Larry Hoffman Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 2:04
Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein submitted a widely circulated memo to the President last month raising concerns over Mr Comey's performance, but Mr Trump later asserted that he had already made the decision himself to fire Mr Comey.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) warned Friday that President Donald Trump's tweets were making her "increasingly concerned" that he intends to oust the two officials overseeing the sprawling federal investigation into Russia's election interference: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the special counsel he appointed, Robert Mueller.
At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers refused to say whether Trump asked them to intervene in the investigation, which is also examining whether the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian Federation during last year's presidential campaign.
Notably, James Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, publicly testified this month that Trump had told him to ease off on his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was under the FBI investigation for his Russian links. Trump said on Twitter, calling the probe into him a "Witch Hunt".
As head of the FBI, Comey had been leading the investigation until he was sacked by Trump on May 9.
President Donald Trump has just officially admitted he is under criminal investigation for obstruction of justice.
Rosenstein sees no reason at this point to recuse himself, the Justice Department said Friday. "I can go around them", Trump said.
It also fits with a broader pattern of White House aides and officials seeking to discredit the mainstream media, which Trump has continually dismissed as biased and misleading "fake news". "Witch Hunt" he tweeted from the White House shortly before leaving for Miami.
The new reports say money laundering probes by Mueller involve Paul Manaforte, Trump's former campaign manager, Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and Michael Flynn, Trump's fired national security adviser.
In late May, Trump hired longtime legal adviser Marc Kasowitz to serve as his attorney in Russia-related matters.
Meanwhile, the top attorney for the Trump transition team has ordered the organization's staff to preserve all records related to Mueller's widening investigation.
After the "mother of all bombs" was deployed to fight ISIS in Afghanistan in April, a U.S. Central Command spokesman appeared to affirm Trump's aggressive statements against the Islamic State.
A day earlier, Trump had questioned why his general election rival Hillary Clinton was not being investigated.
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 phony collusion with the Russians story".