Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russian Federation investigators

Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russian Federation investigators

President Donald Trump has told his Twitter followers they are witnessing the "single greatest witch hunt in American history".

It wasn't clear whether the president was basing his tweet on direct knowledge that he is under investigation, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey last month amid the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story". The FBI is also conducting a parallel probe, which reportedly includes special counsel Robert Mueller looking into whether the president obstructed justice.

The intelligence committee has already heard sworn testimony from James Comey about what steps Trump allegedly took to get the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director to back off his probe of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Last week, former FBI Director James Comey told Congress he believes he was sacked by Mr Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.

Yesterday, after US President Donald Trump denied obstruction of justice allegations made against him within the investigation into his relationship with Russian Federation and for firing Comey, today (Friday), Trump is painting a different picture.

Kushner has agreed to talk to the Senate Intelligence committee, and is expected to discuss these matters with the Senate intelligence staff, though the timing is still being worked out.

A clear majority of Americans believe President Donald Trump has tried to interfere with the investigation into whether Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election and possible Trump campaign collusion, a new poll shows.

Trump responded to the Post story Thursday morning with a tweet once again denouncing the investigation as a witch-hunt.

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. Nearly half of Americans say they're very concerned.

Trump appears to confirm he's under investigation
Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation". Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on May 11 he had the Russian Federation issue in mind when he fired Comey.

Comey acknowledged that he had told Trump at the time that Trump was not a target of the FBI investigation.

Yet, the president's tweet contradicts his own comments about how and when he made a decision to fire Comey.

Comey said he believed Trump was trying to get him to drop an investigation of the president's former national security adviser, and that White House officials spread "lies, plain and simple" to cover up the reason for his dismissal. She added of Trump: "He seems to be buddy-buddy with these epic creeps".

Details from some memos were made public in news media accounts in the days after he was sacked, and Comey himself detailed his conversations with Trump at a Senate hearing last week.

"These headlines don't really concern me, although they are attention-grabbers", said Shepherd, a 40-year-old Republican.

Mueller was named by Rosenstein on May 17 to lead the Russian Federation investigation as a special counsel, a position created to conduct investigations when a normal Justice Department probe would present a conflict of interest.

An obstruction of justice finding could form the basis for Mr Trump's impeachment but such a step would face a steep hurdle because it would require approval by the US House of Representatives, which is controlled by Mr Trump's fellow Republicans.

The poll shows the public relatively unsympathetic to those leaking information about the investigation. Fifty-two percent have a moderate amount of confidence and 18 percent have hardly any confidence.

"The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI", it said.

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