Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
USA | By Kelli Rowe

Tweeting Trump attacks campaign probe 'witch hunt'

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) warned Friday that President Donald Trump's tweets were making her "increasingly concerned" that he intends to oust the two officials overseeing the sprawling federal investigation into Russia's election interference: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the special counsel he appointed, Robert Mueller.

Mr. Trump's morning tweets included what seemed like a jab at former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the new Special Counsel for the Russian Federation probe, as he said the investigation was being "led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

It was not clear whether the president was basing his tweet on direct knowledge, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether he obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey last month amid the Russian Federation investigation.

One memo recounts a February request from Trump, during a private meeting in the Oval Office, that Comey end an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

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The special counsel reportedly launched its investigation of Trump just days after Trump fired former FBI director James Comey on May 9.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, to whom the special counsel investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election now reports, has privately discussed the possibility that he may need to recuse himself from the matter, according to ABC News.

President Donald Trump has acknowledged that he is under investigation in a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign - and appeared to assail the Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry.

Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.

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As Bob Mueller, the special investigator now heading the FBI's probe into allegations of Russian election meddling, filled out his legal team and prepared to begin interviews, Trump erupted furiously for a second consecutive day.

Rosenstein's statement clearly didn't go far enough, as Trump took to Twitter Friday morning and bashed the top Justice Department official.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked, people familiar with the matter told the Washington Post. Reports have alleged that Trump asked both men to publicly quash the credibility of the Russian Federation investigation. Trump has disputed both claims, saying flatly that he never asked Comey to drop the Flynn probe.

Burr said there's a reason for the committee's interest in interviewing these senior intelligence officials: To determine whether there was any collusion between Russian officials and Trump associates, a sign that obstruction was not part of his panel's purview. It wasn't clear whether he was basing his tweet on direct knowledge or on media reports.

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She said after the meeting that there have been "huge frustrations" in the community as people tried to get information. Soon afterwards, Prime Minister Theresa May was chased away from a local church.

A spokesman for Mueller's team declined to comment.

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