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Deputy AG warns 'Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations'

19 June 2017

CNN is suing the Justice Department for copies of fired FBI Director James Comey's personal memos on his interactions with President Donald Trump.

In a series of tweets, Trump lashed out against the investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the 2016 election.

Trump's Friday morning tweet capped off 24 hours of comments on Twitter about the investigation, including several remarks about his opponent in the 2016 election.

Mueller was appointed to lead the investigation by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who originally called for Comey's firing in a memo to AG Jeff Sessions.

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee is calling on Congress to "unite to stop" President Donald Trump if he tries to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein or Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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The Washington Post revealed this week that special counsel Robert Mueller has broadened the ongoing Russian Federation probe and is interviewing top officials about the circumstances surrounding Comey's firing.

In a series of statements on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Trump repeated his claim that Mr Mueller's investigation is a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phony" premise of possible collusion between Russian Federation and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.

All the stories about Mueller investigating Trump for possible obstruction cited anonymous sources. "I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel", said Jarrod Agen, Pence's communications director, in a statement. But soon after the abrupt termination, Trump told NBC News that he had been going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendations. "The Washington Post issued a story that had five anonymous sources, which they never identified what agencies those sources originated out of".

Significantly, Preet Bharara, the India-born former top USA federal prosecutor, earlier this week had said that there was enough evidence to begin an obstruction of justice case against Trump over his alleged interference in the Russian Federation probe.

"Then I said to myself", Colbert said, channeling Trump, "make sure you don't say that on TV".

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That news appears to have infuriated the president, who also lashed out at the media on a day that aides hoped would be focused on his decision to undo some of Barack Obama's detente with Cuba.

Though Trump is reportedly being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice for his firing of ex-FBI Director James Comey, the president has never been publicly or credibly linked to the Kremlin, which the intelligence community said meddled in the 2016 presidential election.

During the television appearance, Rubio argued that "a full and credible investigation" would benefit Trump and is administration.

The new allegations against Trump center on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the inquiry's direction.

"Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, "bleached" emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?" the president said in a follow up tweet.

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