Lunedi, 26 Giugno, 2017

Trump expresses more frustration over Russian Federation investigation

Parmenio Sano | 19 Giugno, 2017, 06:49

President Trump's son-in-law and key aide Jared Kushner is the subject of an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller.

When Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey last month, he initially cited a memo written by Rosenstein as the basis for the dismissal.

Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency. "There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation".

Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russian Federation probe since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

In a subsequent tweet, Trump also appeared to take a swipe at Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein when he said, "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" He lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration with the unrelenting controversy that has consumed his early presidency. "So, it is not hard for me", he said, arguing that while a new president and attorney general will have new priorities, the way the department peruses and prosecutes cases doesn't change.

Remember, Trump admitted publicly that he fired Comey, who was leading a counter-espionage investigation into the Russian Federation scandal, because of the president's dissatisfaction with the probe.

The tweets came shortly after Rosenstein issued his unusual statement that appeared to be warning about the accuracy of such reports.


Trump's tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday.

The Post reported that FBI agents and federal prosecutors are also looking into the financial dealings of Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former campaign policy adviser Carter Page.

"He brought that recommendation to the President" and Trump agreed, Pence concluded.

Questions about Kushner's financial conflicts of interest have been swirling since the moment he joined the Trump campaign.

While Mueller is now leading the investigation, Rosenstein still maintains the authority to make final decisions about adding resources and personnel to the probe - and most critically, over whether any prosecutions should be pursued.

Kushner, the adviser and son-in-law of President Donald Trump, met separately with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. and a Russian businessman in December - interactions that were already under scrutiny as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe.

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

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