Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
U.S. | By Vera Richards

New York Times sues FBI to get notes of Comey-Trump talks

New York Times sues FBI to get notes of Comey-Trump talks

The Post reported that Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the FBI's probe into Russia's meddling in last year's United States presidential election and possible links with the Trump campaign, has expanded his inquiry to probe whether Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation chief.

The FBI has denied a Freedom of Information Act request filed by BuzzFeed News to provide copies of former FBI Director James Comey's memos that detail his conversations with President Donald Trump.

The tweet raises many unanswered questions and follows a series of posts to Twitter by Trump in the past two days complaining about reports that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether the president engaged in obstruction of justice.

President Trump has reportedly stepped back this week from his temptation to fire Mr. Mueller, and that's the right decision.

But Trump is likely to be disappointed if he is ultimately seeking to stop the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, according to Cramer and members of Congress.

Rosenstein was the one to make the decision because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

He also claimed that the person investigating him advised him to fire Comey, though it's unclear whom he was referring to.

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But the president's opinions of the various ongoing investigations aside, it would appear that a majority of Americans believe he broke the law with regard to FBI investigation into his administration's involvement with Russian operatives and the allegations that Russia orchestrated a concerted effort, possibly with collusion with Trump officials, to sway the outcome of the election.

The Russia issue has cast a shadow over Trump's five months in office. "Tweets are not going to change how he approaches something", said Jan Miller, a former US attorney in IL who worked with Rosenstein in the Maryland office. Both the Special Counsel and the Senate Intelligence Committee are staffing up, and the Counsel's investigation is expanding to look at new areas. The intelligence committee is the lead congressional panel on the Russian Federation hacking scandal, including highly publicized hearings with fired FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Justice Department and special counsel press aides have declined to confirm or deny reports about the focus of Mueller's investigation.

Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at TV sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency.

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she is concerned that Trump might try to fire both Rosenstein and Mueller.

"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", she said.

Mr Rosenstein has previously said that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will".

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.

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