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Trump appears to confirm obstruction investigation on Twitter

19 Junio 2017, 04:27 | Crisanna Felipe

It's pretty insane in Washington these days. Investigations get people in trouble, even if no one did anything wrong.

In his statement, Comey said Trump asked him to drop the investigation into ties between former national security advisor Mike Flynn and Russian Federation.

This isn't just inside-the-Beltway gossip.

In testimony on March 20, Comey told congress that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking at members of Trump's campaign team and his associates for potential collusion with Russian Federation to influence the election.

"I'm not going to answer hypothetical questions", Rosenstein said.

But Rosenstein could end up recusing himself, too, Justice officials say, in part because he played a role in President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.

The president has directed some of his frustration at Rosenstein and Mueller. Sen.

"Earlier, Rosenstein had authored an extensive and publicly-released memorandum recommending former FBI-chief James Comey's firing".

According to Comey, Trump was referring to the FBI's investigation into Mike Flynn, who was sacked himself as national security adviser months earlier for allegedly lying to White House officials about his post-election contacts with Russian operatives. They didn't explain how they'd push that idea through a Republican Congress.

"Failure to follow these protocols could result in criminal or civil penalties, and could form the basis of legal claims, legal presumptions, or jury instructions relating to spoliation of evidence", the memo warns former Trump transition team members. The tweet in question was the last of four tweets Trump sent out about the investigation.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticized the use of anonymous sources in news stories - casting doubt on recent reports about special counsel Robert Mueller's expanding probe into the Trump campaign and Russia, Politico reported.

Reports have been mounting that Mueller is investigating Trump for potential obstruction of justice related to his firing of Comey.

Rosenstein would probably refuse. Based on what we know about this president's Twitter habits I think it's more likely that Trump is simply reacting to the press accounts of the investigation, not actually confirming them. She was appointed by former President Barack Obama to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and worked as an assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush administration, according to WHO-TV. "This is the attorney full employment act", Heck said.

If Rosenstein were to recuse himself, the responsibility of overseeing the special counsel would fall to the department's third-highest-ranking official, Rachel Lee Brand, who was confirmed a month ago to be associate attorney general.

That would leave Sessions himself. During an interview with NBC two days later, Trump said he fired Comey because "this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story". But the counter-pressure would also be strong. That happened after Sessions disclosed previously unreported contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential campaign.

One of Donald Trump's lawyers insisted Sunday that the president was not under criminal investigation as part of the sweeping probe into Russia's alleged meddling in American elections, despite the U.S. leader's tweets angrily calling the whole saga a "distraction". Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said on ABC's "This Week" that the panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House on whether recordings exist.



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