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Trump allies hit Mueller on relationship with Comey

18 Juin 2017

With news reports that the Special Counsel investigating election interference in 2016 by Russian Federation is looking at possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, Mr. Trump expressed frustration Thursday at the prospect of that review, again taking to Twitter to denounce the probe as a "witch hunt", and complaining that Hillary Clinton should be the subject of a Russia-related investigation, not him.

Yesterday, The Washington Post reported special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating the President for possible obstruction of justice.

He also told the Senate Intelligence Committee in 8 June testimony that he believed Trump had directed him to drop a related agency investigation into the president's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

In any case, Trump's tweet does appear to be a criticism of his deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein. Sessions recused himself from oversight of the FBI's investigation into possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign in March after it emerged that he held two undisclosed meetings with the Russian ambassador previous year. He said he was untroubled by claims Trump tried to persuade Comey to back off the investigation, saying those revelations only emerged after Comey was sacked and wanted to defend himself. But Richard Burt, a former ambassador to Germany during the Reagan administration, who has represented Russian interests in Washington, told the Guardian that he could confirm previous media reports that stated he had contacts with Sessions at the time. He has denied there was any collusion between his campaign and Russian officials to interfere in the USA election.

Donald Trump has blasted the "phony story" that he is being investigated for obstruction of justice, saying it is "the single greatest witch hunt in American political history". He also recently announced that Mueller was going nowhere after reports that President Trump wanted to fire the newest pain in his butt. He declined to say whether he thought Trump sought to obstruct justice, saying that would be up to Mueller to sort out.

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US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Hillary Clinton and the media after a report he was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice. An aide familiar with the meeting said it was held to discuss the investigations, including ways that the parallel inquiries don't interfere with or overlap one another. While the Trump administration initially said that letter was the reason the president fired Comey on May 9, Trump later said he did so because of the "Russia thing". Five anonymous sources from the FBI leaked this top-secret information to the Washington Post-a violation of federal law and FBI code of ethics.

As Mueller assembles his investigative team, statements by Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy this week set off new questions. He says he does not believe there is now enough evidence to prove the charge against Trump.

Flynn was dismissed by Trump in February after it emerged he had misled Pence about conversations with the Russian ambassador.

The Post story, for example, says that "investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates".

"I'm sure the White House feels threatened and under siege, but it's unfortunate that they're trying to undermine the duly appointed special counsel", he said.