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Trump reacts on Twitter after special counsel reportedly starts investigating him

Messalina Adamo | 18 Giugno, 2017, 03:05

And on Thursday, the committee will hear testimony from Coats in a classified session - after he refused to say publicly last week whether Trump asked him to pressure Comey to back off Flynn.

"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story", he wrote on Twitter.

Regardless of the outcome, the specter of Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.

Mueller is investigating Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates with the Russians, but there has been no indication that Mueller told Trump to fire Comey. Comey told the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee that the Trump administration had lied and defamed him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after the President dismissed him on May 9.

Last week, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, said the committee would ask Johnson to testify about interactions former President Barack Obama's administration had with secretaries of state and local election officials about the dangers the Russian hacking posed to election systems.

The meeting came one day after lawmakers questioned US Department of Justice officials about the probe and Mueller's independence, and after a friend of Trump said the White House was considering firing Mueller.

Legal experts warned that Comey's testimony may provide enough evidence for an obstruction of justice case against Trump, which could be used as the basis for impeachment proceedings.

The White House has denied any collusion, and President Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win. Meanwhile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich slammed Mueller for reportedly launching investigation against Trump.


The newspaper's story provoked a furious reaction from Trump's personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz and the Republican National Committee.

The FBI and Congress are both looking at whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the alleged Kremlin plot.

"I'm going to acknowledge we had a meeting with the special counsel Mueller, but I'm not going to get into the contents", Mr Mark Warner, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, told reporters later.

Trump, however, referred to the Post's reporting as a "phony" story in a tweet Thursday.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller told AFP he now has "13 attorneys on board, with several more in the pipeline".

Separately, the House committee said former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson would appear at a June 21 public hearing on the Russian Federation probe.

"In the three-plus years that I have been director of the National Security Agency, I have never been directed to do anything I believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical, or inappropriate, and to the best of my recollection, during that same period of service I do not recall ever feeling pressured to do so", Rogers said.

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