Sanders gave a far more tentative answer when asked whether Trump has confidence in Mueller. Comey's final year as head of the Bureau before his dismissal Tuesday was wrought with controversy, as Democrats and Republicans alike criticized him for his handling of the FBI's investigations into Hillary Clinton's emails and possible connections between Donald Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.
Comey reveals during a House Intelligence Committee hearing that the FBI is performing an investigation into possible connections between the Kremlin and members of Trump's campaign.
Sessions' transparently phony rationale for firing Comey, which contradicted his own public defenses of the FBI director's controversial decisions regarding the Clinton investigation, was merely window dressing for a decision Trump had already made, as the president himself admitted two days later in an interview with NBC News.
The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump's conduct marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. "Ruddy never spoke to the president regarding this issue", Spicer said.
Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.
The President was also cornered into publicly committing to a testifying under oath after he called Comey a liar when the sacked official said Trump fired him because of the Russian Federation probe. The office of Director of National Intelligence and Ledgett declined to comment.
Trump, who only a day earlier had called for a more civil tone in Washington following shootings at a Republican congressional baseball practice, fired off several more tweets in the afternoon voicing disbelief that he was under scrutiny while his "crooked" Democratic opponent in last year's election, Hillary Clinton, escaped prosecution in relation to her use of a private email server while secretary of state.
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He also was entangled in the events leading up the dismissal of Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser, who originally misled Pence about his contact with Russian officials - incorrect claims that Pence himself then repeatedly publicly.
"The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", the statement read. Trump disputed, though, Comey's assertion he had asked for a pledge of loyalty. Officials say that changed shortly after Comey's firing.
Chatter surfaced earlier this week that the president was considering firing Mueller.
It wasn't immediately clear who Trump was referring to in the tweet, but it was nearly certainly Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "I'm not talking about anything else", Trump added.
Mueller's investigative team has expanded in recent weeks. Reporter Tony Mauro noted the addition of Dreeben may signal that "Mueller may be seeking advice on complex areas of criminal law, including what constitutes obstruction of justice". In a second tweet, Trump touted his "powerful" presence on social media, despite widespread criticism that his recurring rants on Twitter and other online media have only compounded his legal and political problems. At the end of May, the chief of the Justice Department's Fraud Section, Andrew Weissman, also joined the team, NPR's Carrie Johnson reported at the time.
The president did not directly address allegations that he is being probed for possibly obstructing justice - a potentially impeachable offense. Any findings by the department's investigation would be referred to Congress, where lawmakers would determine whether to impeach the president.
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