Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Trump uses social media to question probe of his campaign

Donald Trump's Russia troubles just got much more serious Trump uses social media to question probe of his campaign
Saul Franklin | 27 June, 2017, 02:56

Earlier Thursday, Trump tweeted that a new report suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller may investigate him for possible obstruction of justice after he fired FBI Director James Comey is a "phony story".

Gingrich told The Associated Press in an interview this week that his feelings about him began to change after Comey testified to a Senate panel that he had leaked his personal memos in order to trigger the appointment of a special counsel.

Consider that paragraph. And consider we are less than 150 days into Trump's presidency and this - an investigation by a special counsel who also happens to be the former FBI director - is where he finds himself.

Flynn's conversations with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak are reportedly a focus of the investigation, with the former having been forced to resign just weeks after his appointment because he failed to disclose details to vice-president Mike Pence.

The special counsel is following two major lines of investigation, said one US official familiar with the rough outlines of Mueller's probe who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Trump's legal team ain't too keen on this report, as you might imagine.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Corallo told CNN. "Nice", the president wrote on Twitter.

Comey, who had been overseeing the bureau's Russian Federation investigation, says he had previously assured Trump he was not personally under investigation.

Once again he called it all a witch hunt, adding: "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story".

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The reporter, incredulous, pointed out that there were 16 intelligence reports that had claimed Russian involvement. In the past, Trump has referred to the investigation into Russian interference as "fake news".

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Although he was strongly critical of some of Comey's testimony, the president said last week that the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief had vindicated him when he said that while he was at the agency, Trump was not the subject of the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

The New York Times corroborated the report, citing a person briefed on the investigation.

"Yeah", Entous said, "that's what we were told by our sources that basically Mueller, when he came in, basically absorbed a lot of investigations that were out there that had been started, looking at different aspects of the case".

Amid the investigation, Mueller and his team are said to be interviewing senior intelligence officials.

The newspaper reported that the FBI started the alleged obstruction investigation within days of Comey being fired.

The White House has denied any collusion, and Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win.

That isn't true anymore, according to reporting by The Washington Post on Wednesday night.

For months now it's been his mission for it to be stated publicly that he is not personally under investigation.

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