Trump announces he's being investigated

20 June, 2017, 14:01 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • Image President Trump delivers a statement about the shooting at a Congressional Republicans baseball practice from the White House in Washington

"I'm growing increasingly concerned that the president will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller", wrote Democratic Senator from California Dianne Feinstein.

"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. The tweet was not confirmation that the president or his attorney has been informed by the Department of Justice or Mueller that Trump is the subject of an investigation.

The special counsel is following two major lines of investigation, said one USA official familiar with the rough outlines of Mueller's probe who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Just this morning, in a puzzlingly phrased missive, Trump bemoaned reports that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice after abruptly firing FBI Director James Comey last month.

The White House confirmed that Mueller was among the candidates Trump interviewed to replace Comey.

Trump's young presidency has been battered by allegations - under investigation both by Congress and the FBI - that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favour, in possible collusion with Trump's campaign team.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Mueller is investigating possible obstruction of justice by Trump.

President Trump's decision to fire Mr. Comey, a move recommended by Mr. Sessions despite having already recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, prompted critics to charge that the president was trying to interfere with a criminal investigation.

"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", Feinstein said. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office". The order by the general counsel for his transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government.

That includes information about the activities of Trump associates, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, outside adviser Roger Stone and foreign policy aide Carter Page.

Vice President Mike Pence has hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.

Trump also lashed out at the media, on a day that aides hoped would be focused on his decision to undo some of Barack Obama's detente with Cuba.

The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after Trump's inauguration.

Regardless of the outcome, the specter of Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue. "I can go around them". In an address to the country, Trump struck a notably less partisan tone in response to his first major domestic crisis.

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