Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Attorney All-Stars: Mueller Constructs Legal Team for Trump Probe

Attorney All-Stars: Mueller Constructs Legal Team for Trump Probe

President Donald Trump has appeared to acknowledge he is under investigation in the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the USA election.

In a tweet, the President also accused the U.S deputy attorney general of pursuing a "witch hunt".

Buried in tonight's Post report is this important revelation: FBI General Counsel James A. Baker did not want now-former FBI Director Jim Comey to "assure then-President-elect Trump that the FBI was not investigating him personally".

His memo, which criticized Comey's handling of the investigation into Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's email server, was initially cited by the White House as the reason Trump made the decision to fire Comey. But then Rosenstein made the surprise move to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the Russian Federation investigation, a development that people close to Sessions and Trump believe has worsened matters for everyone involved. He is reportedly interviewing three top intelligence officials - Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and retired deputy NSA director Richard Ledgett - as part of the probe as early as this week.

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

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people".

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

The Washington Post first reported the Cullen hire. And a person familiar with Trump's thinking said Tuesday morning that it's "unlikely" the President will fire Mueller, but conceded that it's often hard to predict Trump's behavior.

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As Mueller assembles his investigative team, statements by Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy this week set off new questions. Like Rosenstein, Brand wouldn't fire Mueller without cause, because the Department of Justice regulations say so.


That narrative, however, was quickly undermined when Trump himself said that he had already planned to fire Comey, adding that he was thinking of the FBI investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation when he made the decision to do so. It added that the president was not personally notified that he would be probed for obstruction of justice.

The preservation order covers any transition team information about Russian Federation or Ukraine, and it also seeks any records of background investigations of former national security adviser Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his business partner Rick Gates, former foreign policy adviser Carter Page and informal campaign adviser Roger Stone Jr.

"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked.

Hannity has emerged as an unapologetic cheerleader for the White House, and has been eager to ease pressure on the administration over the Russian Federation investigation. "Sad!" Trump tweeted Friday morning. Comey told the Senate that he viewed that as a clear directive from the president to drop the investigation.

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Vice President Mike Pence has hired his own lawyer to represent him in the special counsel investigation and congressional inquiries into Russia's role in the 2016 election. "[But] I am working with career professionals who know these rules and are responsible for enforcing these rules, and I can assure you that we're going to do the right thing, and we're going to defend the integrity of that investigation".

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