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Trump 'confirms' he's under probe

Parmenio Sano | 18 Giugno, 2017, 03:26

The White House initially said the memo was critical to the decision, but Mr Trump later later said it was irrelevant, because he'd made up his mind beforehand.

President Donald Trump continued to fume this week over the continued attention paid to the Russian Federation probes, especially following a report that he's now under investigation for potential obstruction of justice.

The Republican leader also lashed out at the Justice Department's number two, the man tasked with organising the probe.

The Hill reports that the new team members are highly qualified. Comey told a Senate committee last week that those conversations convinced him that the president was attempting to pressure him into pledging fealty and easing up on a probe into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

In March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions himself had recused himself based on his being involved in the Trump presidential campaign.

In a tweet Friday, Trump wrote (quote) "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director Witch Hunt". "Witch Hunt", the president wrote on Twitter.

Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, had written a memo castigating James Comey before Trump dismissed the Federal Bureau of Investigation director - a memo that the White House at first said was critical to the decision, before Trump suggested it was irrelevant because his mind was already made up.

A source on Trump's legal team attempted to clarify the missive, claiming he was reacting to media reports about the investigation rather than offering public confirmation.

The Trump International Hotel, which opened last fall just down the street from the White House, took in revenue of about $20 million.

The Russia issue has cast a shadow over Trump's five months in office.


A weekend at the rustic mountain getaway is a far cry from the president's normal routine of jetting off to one of his lavish resorts, mainly Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

Pence tapped far-from-average lawyer Richard Cullen, who litigated the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal, the Watergate affair and the 2000 vote recount in Florida.

The memo sent Thursday asks for records related to foreign travel, contacts with Russian "officials, agents or nationals" and background investigations into the top Trump associates now targeted by Mueller's probe.

The Democratic National Committee called on Rosenstein to recuse himself from the Russian Federation matter, but it said authority over the investigation should be given to Mueller and not another Trump appointee.

Officials familiar with the matter describe friction on the Justice Department's fourth and fifth floors, home to the suite of offices belonging to the deputy attorney general and the attorney general, respectively, in part because of Rosenstein's handling of the Russian Federation matter.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on the tweet.

A Justice official said Rosenstein was motivated in part because of frustration that recent news stories have unfairly brought on a torrent of "leak" accusations against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller's team.

"Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law", Feinstein said. Pence headed the Trump transition until Inauguration Day.

But he has so far refused to curtail his social media postings.

They would nearly certainly agree with me and disagree with Turley, opposing any attempt through any means to execute a Saturday Night Massacre in any form or remove Mueller from the case in any way.

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