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Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice

Trump under investigation for possible obstruction of justice

The President's ire appeared to be directed against deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who had made the legal case for firing Comey and who is now overseeing the investigation after appointing special counsel Robert Mueller to probe Russia's alleged role in the US Presidential election.

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, sent out spokespeople and surrogates with a far-fetched cover story to explain the dismissal, and then told NBC's Lester Holt that the real reason for the firing was Comey's pursuit of the Russian Federation investigation. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers refused to say whether Trump asked them to intervene in the investigation, which is also examining whether the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian Federation during last year's presidential campaign. Trump appeared to take a subtle swing at Rosenstein during his tweets today, and new reports are saying that the Deputy Attorney General might recuse himself from the Russian Federation probes as well.

Potentially. The White House and the president in theory can try to invoke executive privilege, which protects the private deliberations of the executive branch.

Comey said he believed Trump's advice to be a direction and thus felt uncomfortable by it. Rosenstein told the Senate on May 17 that he knew Comey would be fired before he wrote the memo.

It was unclear whether his tweet about being under investigation was based on direct knowledge or new media reports that suggest Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey. Two months later, at Trump's urging, Rosenstein wrote a letter to the president detailing his belief that Comey should be fired. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations.

Confidants and advisers close to Mr Trump said his fury was mounting at the probe and he had been yelling at TV sets about its press coverage.

The memo to former transition team members on Thursday also seeks specific information on five people, the Times reported, They include Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort's business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Roger J. Stone Jr., an informal adviser to Mr. Trump.

The early Friday tweet revealed there may be an internal riff between Trump and Rosenstein.

Rosenstein didn't provide specific examples of what he might've been referring to.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered in last year's presidential campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.


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