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In tweet, Trump denounces Russian Federation probe as 'phony story'

16 Juin 2017

The news did not go unnoticed by the Commander-in-Chief who - as is style - took to Twitter Thursday morning to blast the report as "phony" and accused investigators of pursing it only because they found "zero proof" of Russia-Trump collusion.

The Post quoted five people briefed on the requests, saying those who agreed to be interviewed include national intelligence director Daniel Coats, Admiral Mike Rogers who heads the NSA, and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett. Trump once asked both Rogers and Coats to issue public statements denying that evidence of collusion existed.

An hour later Trump tweeted that it was a witch hunt. Trump also bragged to visiting Russian diplomats that getting rid of Comey relieved him of "great pressure because of Russia".

Mr Putin also echoed Mr Trump's criticism of Mr Comey, saying it was "very strange" for a former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief to leak details of his conversations with the United States president to the media through a friend of his.

Mueller is leading the Russian Federation probe after being appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the Department of Justice, which oversees the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the President was an effort to obstruct", Comey said. House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders publicly said they thought the investigation should be allowed to run its course, and that firing the special counsel would be a mistake.

Trump blasts reported obstruction probe over 'phony' Russian Federation story
The Senate committee has already begun taking testimony in both closed and open sessions from the nation's intelligence chiefs. When asked whether he thought Trump had obstructed justice, Comey told West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, "I don't know".

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.

Examining such possible charges will allow investigators to interview key administration figures including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and possibly Trump himself, said the source familiar with the Mueller investigation. Trump said that the report is a "phony story". Reached by ABC News, special counsel spokesman Peter Carr offered no comment.

The Post reported that the obstruction of justice investigation of the president began days after James Comey was sacked as the FBI Director on May 9. "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there and whether that's an offense".

If so, then what "justice" could Trump have been obstructing?

Comey's testimony has filled in some more of the missing pixels in the line connecting the obstruction of justice to the need to hide the relationship with Russian Federation and give us an idea of the awesomeness that's coming so that we may brace ourselves.

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