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Trump Conflates 'Phony Collusion' And Possible Obstruction Of Justice Investigation

17 June 2017

"I'm growing increasingly concerned that the President will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller", warned Sen.

Although he was strongly critical of some of Mr Comey's testimony, the US President said last week the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief had vindicated him when he said Mr Trump was not the subject of the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

Former President Bill Clinton met with Attorney General Loretta Lynch on an airport tarmac near the end of an investigation into Hillary Clinton's email server, but there's no evidence the former secretary of state orchestrated the get-together, as Trump implied.

President Donald Trump appeared to confirm on Friday that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, claiming that he is being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey by the man who told him to do it.

Trump's young presidency has been battered by allegations-under investigation both by Congress and the FBI-that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favor, in possible collusion with Trump's campaign team.

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Rosenstein's unusual statement, which he issued over the objections of some advisers, said in part: "Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials'".

The complaints Trump aired Thursday afternoon followed a pair of morning tweets. Trump initially used that memo along with a recommendation from Sessions to justify firing Comey.

Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.

The Washington Post reported late Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking interviews with three Trump administration officials who weren't involved in Trump's campaign. Trump said on Twitter, calling the probe into him a "Witch Hunt". The attorney general was at a White House meeting when the notification came from Rosenstein, prompting the enraged President to scold the attorney general for the turn of events.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's outside attorney, Marc Kasowitz, slammed the Post's reporting.

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Mueller continues to hire a team of lawyers, and with FBI investigators is gathering information that is widely expected to lead to a formal investigation into whether President Trump attempted to interfere in the investigation.

The president tweeted Friday, "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".

Mueller's office has informed a range of officials they 'have a duty to preserve any physical and electronic records that may be related in any way to the subject matter of the pending investigations, ' the New York Times reported, quoting from a memo from the transition team counsel's office.

If that is the case, it could be part of what appears to be a pattern of statements that are meant to back the president. "He's going to make the appropriate decisions, and 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".

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