'Trump under probe for obstructing justice'


"Coons's comment came hours after Trump called the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties between his campaign staff and Russian Federation the "single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history".

Aides said that the President had made a decision to take matters into his own hands and believed he was his own best defender in the escalating crisis surrounding the White House.

"The vice president is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the president's agenda and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is looking into the business dealings of Jared Kushner, son-in-law and adviser to President Donald Trump, as part of the Russian Federation investigation, the Washington Post reported Thursday evening, citing unnamed "U.S. officials familiar with the matter". "Nice", Trump wrote on Twitter, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a "witch hunt".

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's outside attorney, Marc Kasowitz, slammed the Post's reporting.

Mueller met Wednesday with the leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee in an effort to ensure their investigations don't conflict.

While President Trump denied all the allegations levied on him, Comey revealed that the documented memos were a testament to his claims, a portion of which was published by the The New York Times, with the hope of a new counsel being appointed. Rosenstein's attempt to discredit news outlets for using anonymous sources is an indictment of the White House, too: the government relies on anonymous sourcing when it's trying to control its narrative or push a story to a news outlet. This, some observers have said, might amount to a case against Trump for obstructing justice.

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Trump said he fired Comey for poor performance, though he ealso reportedly told a group of Russian officials that the Comey dismissal would help get the Russia probe behind him.

Rosenstein was acting, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from acting in the Russia investigation after it was revealed he had held two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the November 8, 2016 election.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russian Federation investigation, with plans to hire more, according to his spokesman Peter Carr. They include Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, and his former deputy director, Richard Ledget, the Post reported. Nor did he deny that he has entered the miniscule ranks of sitting presidents who have become subjects of criminal investigations.

However, The Washington Post report on Wednesday said that changed shortly after Mr Comey's firing. Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on May 11 he had the Russian Federation issue in mind when he fired Comey.

Most legal experts believe that represents an obstruction of justice. On June 15, before Rosenstein's statement, The Post reported that Mueller is also investigating the "finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and adviser".

The president wrote, "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"