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Russia probe causes tension among top officials at Justice Department

Parmenio Sano | 19 Giugno, 2017, 06:41

The Hill reported, "President Trump's legal team is zeroing-in on the relationship between former Federal Bureau of Investigation directors Robert Mueller and James Comey to argue that their long professional partnership represents a conflict of interest that compromises Mueller's integrity as special counsel".

On Thursday, Trump denounced the report that he was being scrutinized for possible obstruction, calling it a "phony story".

The tweet is the the first time Mr Trump had publicly acknowledged he is under investigation. The source spoke on condition of anonymity. Gorelick pointed out that Kushner has volunteered to speak with the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is leading one of the congressional Russian Federation investigations.

A person familiar with Mueller's inquiry, speaking on condition of anonymity, said yesterday Mueller was looking into whether Trump or others attempted to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation. The White House referred to Trump's outside legal counsel when asked if the president was specifically referring to Rosenstein.

On the following day in an Oval Office meeting with Russian officials, the President described his FBI chief as a "nut job" and "crazy" and expressed relief that the "pressure " of the Russia investigation had been lifted by the firing of Comey. Now it appears Mueller is examining the president's own conduct, which may include whether Trump tried to obstruct justice. Other probes of Russia's election interference are being carried out in Congress.

Rosenstein, in office for less than two months, is the top Justice official overseeing the probe because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself. "The Department of Justice has a long-standing policy to neither confirm or deny such allegations".


Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was "increasingly concerned" that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.

"I think he's weighing that option", he said of Trump. Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit - including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich - have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal.

Thursday, Trump griped he was receiving unfair treatment from investigators compared with his election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Russian Federation has also denied the allegations it interfered in the USA election, characterizing them as an effort to deflect public opinion from actual instances of election fraud and corruption as well as other pressing domestic issues.

"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".

On Wednesday, the Post reported that Mueller, the special counsel, who was appointed after the firing of FBI director James Comey, is now looking at whether Trump attempted to obstruct the investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and Moscow by leaning on Comey to drop the probe.

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