Trump expresses more frustration over Russian Federation investigation

Trump expresses more frustration over Russian Federation investigation

The special counsel appointed to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential campaign is now examining whether President Trump tried to obstruct justice, it has been reported.

The memo identifies several Trump officials and advisers whose records are of particular interest in the probe.

The recusal by Sessions left decision-making authority in the hands of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. The report came quietly but abruptly from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was brought to Capitol Hill shortly after Comey was sacked in order to fill in for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

It was not clear what prompted the statement, although it came hours after The Washington Post reported that the business dealings of Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are being examined as part of Mueller's investigation.

Citing a memo from the general counsel's office of Trump's transition team, the Times said members were given the order on Thursday for any information involving Russian Federation or Ukraine in the latest sign of the investigation's expanding reach. Comey also testified Trump had directed him to drop a related FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

The news comes as the Justice Department continues its investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump administration's potential ties to Russia.

Trump's comments came as lawyers for his presidential transition ordered former staffers to preserve all physical and electronic documents in order to comply with ongoing Russian Federation investigations. Mueller was appointed under a rarely used regulation that gives him a broad mandate to investigate just about anything he feels is necessary, which could ultimately include Rosenstein's role in Comey's firing. "FBI director" James Comey in a tweet Friday morning, once again calling the investigation a "witch hunt". Among other roles, she was an official in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy under George W. Bush.

Right-wing media backers of Trump have been preparing the ground for Trump to fire Rosenstein, Mueller or both. "It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances and rationale for Mr. Comey's removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis", according to the letter. President Donald Trump's closest allies are attacking the integrity of those involved in the widening probe of Russian interference in the USA election, accusing special counsel Mueller of driving a biased investigation.

"Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives", said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who labeled it "very unsafe". She graduated from Harvard Law School and clerked for Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, according to the Justice Department. Trump's only recourse is to dismiss Mueller outright. The longtime lawman told lawmakers last week he had never done that before, but something about the way Trump spoke to him in private made him uneasy to the point that he felt he needed to document what had been said. These included House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Republican senators John Thune, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins.

The Post, citing unnamed sources, said the investigation into the president's own conduct began shortly after Trump fired Comey on May 9.

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