The president's associates, who insisted on anonymity in order to discuss the his views, say some of his ire is aimed at deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him.
Comey had also said hoped releasing the memo would lead to the appointment of a special counsel, and indicated he had turned over detailed contemporaneous memos about his conversations with the president to the special counsel. Grassley's office said the letter is in response to a recent letter from Feinstein requesting that the committee seek details from senior Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership about Comey's interactions with President Donald Trump before he was sacked.
Rosenstein has said privately he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation probe because he could become a witness in the investigation, ABC News reported on Friday.
Buried in tonight's Post report is this important revelation: FBI General Counsel James A. Baker did not want now-former FBI Director Jim Comey to "assure then-President-elect Trump that the FBI was not investigating him personally".
The Republican president has repeatedly complained about the probe, calling it a witch hunt and saying Democrats can not accept his election victory.
On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Comey had presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the U.S. election, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian elections "year after year", he said.
Trump 'has no qualms' about throwing Rosenstein 'under the bus,' says source
These included House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Republican senators John Thune, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins. Mueller also has expansive powers to investigate any matters that develop from his initial investigation.
The new allegations against Trump center on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the inquiry's direction.
Rosenstein's statement also came hours before an ABC report that claimed the deputy attorney general had said he might need to recuse himself from Mueller's probe.
The sad fact is, almost all the political holes the president now finds himself in are ones he dug himself, via tweets and other impromptu public statements. Rosenstein, who would be responsible for actually dismissing Mueller, told United States lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause.
- Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are? The White House has denied any collusion. "Nice", Mr Trump wrote on Twitter, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a "witch hunt".
"After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my "collusion with the Russians", nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!" he wrote in one post.
An aide to Vice President Mike Pence revealed on Thursday that he was hiring Richard Cullen-a veteran of the Iran-Contra investigation, Watergate and the 2000 vote recount in Florida-as a private lawyer.
The memo to former transition team members on Thursday also seeks specific information on five people, the Times reported. Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on May 11 he had the Russian Federation issue in mind when he fired Comey.
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