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Mueller should explain how he will navigate conflicts

18 Juin 2017

President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at the investigators driving the Russian Federation investigation as "very bad and conflicted people", responding angrily to reports that the special counsel is looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Trump's tweets are sending a message "that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired".

After Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Trump said that Comey had told him three times that he was not under investigation.

Eight hours later, after a busy day meeting governors and witnessing the formal investiture of his pick for the Supreme Court, Trump returned to the topic again in two tweets suggesting Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent in the election, should be under investigation instead of him. But as bad as that news is for Trump, the obstruction inquiry still isn't the biggest threat posed to him by the Russian Federation investigation.

The transition official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss post-election decisions publicly.

Some 61 percent said they believe Trump tried to impede or obstruct the Russian Federation investigation, while just 37 percent think he didn't.

Concerning Trump's reported suggestion to Comey that he should "let go" of the criminal investigation into National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, Comey said, "I took it as a very disturbing thing", adding "but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work toward, to try to understand what the intention was there, and whether that's an offense". She said it was inappropriate to fire Comey given that he was overseeing the Russian Federation investigation.

Several legal experts told Reuters that Comey's testimony last week that Trump expected loyalty and told Comey he hoped he could drop an investigation of a former top aide could bolster obstruction of justice allegations against Trump.

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Ruddy, who had been at the White House on Monday, told PBS that Trump is considering terminating the special counsel.

The Twitter attacks came as Vice President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.

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 the inauguration.

However, the Post's newest dispatch is the first time that it has been specifically reported that the FBI is investigating Kushner's business practices. The memo asks for preservation of electronic communications and data, telephone logs, audio recordings, videos, calendars and other items.

"I would put that Rosenstein statement more in the "giving Trump enough rope" bucket than in the "succumbing to pressure" bucket", tweeted Matt Yglesias of Vox.

In response to the stories, Trump, in tweets, expressed frustration, saying he is the target of "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history ..."

The most explosive was a June 14 report in The Post that Mueller's probe "now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice".

USA intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race to try to help Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails damaging to his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.