Giovedi, 17 Agosto, 2017

Still no proof of collusion with Russians, says Donald Trump

Acilia Dean | 19 Giugno, 2017, 06:33

Comey was sacked on 9 May, and initially the White House cited his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server as the reason for his termination, releasing a memo authored by deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein as a basis for this action.

On Wednesday, anonymous sources told the Washington Post that special counsel Robert Mueller told Senate investigators in a confidential hearing that he was looking into Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Politico said Rosenstein's comments caught many in Washington by surprise, partly because he didn't specify the news reports.

It wasn't immediately clear to whom President Trump was referring, though the man who wrote a memo recommending Comey's firing, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, was also the official who approved the appointment of a special counsel to look into Russian election meddling. "Witch Hunt", Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to his May 9 dismissal of James Comey.

Donald Trump has appeared to confirm he is being investigated for obstruction of justice as he complained of a "witch hunt".

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Senate Intelligence Committee member, said she was "increasingly concerned" Trump would try to fire not only Mueller, but also Rosenstein.

"The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people!".


Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence has now hired legal counsel to represent him in the Russian Federation probe and there are media reports that the investigation has expanded to include the business dealings of White House adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Durbin, speaking on WGN radio, said he hoped the response to Trump firing Mueller would be bipartisan if it occurred. Since then, Mueller, who served as FBI director before Comey, took over the investigation. Terming Comey's allegations untrue, Trump later said he was willing to testify under oath but Mueller's reported investigation into the president's actions means that Trump will have to live with the ghost of another probe reaching to the White House.

A person familiar with Mueller's inquiry, speaking on condition of anonymity, said on Thursday Mueller was looking into whether Trump or others attempted to obstruct the Russian Federation investigation.

Today, in another series of furious tweets, it seems Trump has inadvertently confirmed this news. "There also remain unanswered questions about the attorney general's prior testimony before the committee and his role in firing Director Comey".

Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently confirmed President Trump's tweets are in fact official statements.

He had likened the appointment of the special counsel with the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".

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