Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

President Donald Trump attacks Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into possible obstruction as witch hunt

President Donald Trump attacks Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into possible obstruction as witch hunt President Donald Trump attacks Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into possible obstruction as witch hunt
Ellis Copeland | 27 June, 2017, 06:20

The special counsel investigating Russia's influence on last year's US elections and possible links to the campaign of President Donald Trump has expanded to include looking at whether the president has obstructed justice.

In another tweet this week, Mr. Trump had said: "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof. Nice". An hour later, Trump attacked the investigation, calling those investigating him "very bad and conflicted people", without specifying which of the probes he was referring to.

Mr. Trump did receive assurances that he wasn't personally under investigation, as fired FBI Director James Comey reiterated in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee last week.

The Washington Post first reported that Robert Mueller wanted to question Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence; Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, the former deputy director of the NSA.

While not denying the report, Marc Corallo, a spokesman for Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz, called the Federal Bureau of Investigation leak of this information "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

The scoop is from the Washington Post, who cite five anonymous sources.

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A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.

That changed after Trump fired Comey. Mueller's office has taken up that work, and the preliminary interviews scheduled with intelligence officials indicate that his team is actively pursuing potential witnesses inside and outside the government.

Even if the DOJ determines it cannot indict a sitting president, - leaving that to the Republican-controlled House - it can indict anyone else a probe reveals acted illegally, NBC reported.

It was not clear who Trump was referring to in the tweet, but former FBI director Robert Mueller is leading the Russian Federation investigation after being appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in May.

A spokesman for Donald Trump's personal attorney condemned the revelation about the expanding investigation but did not directly refute the report.

"It's my judgment that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation", Comey said.

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