The developments come one day after Trump suggested an aggressive pushback against his investigators, telling The New York Times that Mueller's office had widespread conflicts of interest while warning investigators any examinations of his family's finances would be improper.
Trump fired Comey in May and later said he had the FBI's Russian Federation investigation in mind when he did it.
Sanders repeated Trump has no intention to fire Mueller "at this time".
Trump also raised eyebrows by telling the Times that he would not have nominated Jeff Sessions to be attorney general if he had known that he was going to recuse himself on the Russian Federation probe.
Later, Trump said he believed that Comey showed him the dossier for leverage. "Given that, it is fair to ask why President Trump chose to meet only with the candidate for the United States attorney in Washington, DC".
Earlier in the day, Sessions stated he was honored to serve at the country's top prosecutor and meant to do so as long as it remained appropriate.
William Jeffress, a longtime defense attorney at Baker Botts who represented former President Richard Nixon, said Mueller's inquiry will nearly certainly involve examining financial information as he looks for any connections between Trump associates and Russian Federation.
Lavrov sees nothing sensational in informal Putin-Trump gathering at G20
Trump had two other well-publicized and largely choreographed encounters with Putin prior to that meeting. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that those media reports could raise eyebrows and cause confusion.
The White House push against the special counsel's probe comes as the outlines of the investigation are beginning to become clearer.
"I don't think we're under investigation", the Times quoted Trump as saying.
Bloomberg reported Thursday that Mueller's investigators are looking into Trump business transactions with Russians including apartment purchases in his buildings, a controversial NY development project, the multimillion-dollar sale of a Florida home and the 2013 Miss Universe pageant held in Moscow.
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump has been asking his advisers whether he has the authority to pardon aides, family member and, mostly importantly, himself, which as we all know is something that innocent people commonly do.
Sessions did not disclose this meeting when he applied for his security clearance.
The White House notably made no effort to walk back Trump's comments or display confidence in the attorney general. "If he would have recused himself before the job, I would have said, 'Thanks, Jeff, but I'm not going to take you.' It's extremely unfair - and that's a mild word - to the President".
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