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Trump Is Trying to "Take Down" Mueller, Warns Congressman

19 Junio 2017, 12:13 | Crisanna Felipe

The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own.

The Washington Post story cited five officials who said they had been briefed on interview requests from special counsel Robert Mueller to see if President Trump attempted to obstruct justice. First of all, the obstruction of justice assertion came from James Comey's testimony in front of the senate, when he said that Trump used the word "hope" regarding Michael Flynn.

Former FBI Director details meetings with Trump. When it was revealed that Comey had kept detailed memos on his interactions with the president, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel.

"With all due respect to Mr. Sekulow, what he says about what Mr. Mueller is or isn't doing will make no difference", said Gregory B. Craig, who led the legal team defending President Bill Clinton against impeachment charges. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that said, in part, "it should be obvious to everyone that this is a political favor from President Trump to a few influential members of congress who have never set foot in Cuba and who represent a tiny minority of the American people".

"The President is not a subject or target of an investigation". And with the investigation reaching all the way up to Trump - and with Trump regularly tweeting about it - it's almost impossible for the White House to compartmentalize. At the time of that report it was not clear that the FBI was investigating Kushner's business dealings. Russian officials have denied meddling in the USA election. Schiff said Trump, his legal team and his supporters were trying to discredit the special counsel and his investigation.

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has lashed out at the investigators driving the Russian Federation investigation as "very bad and conflicted people", responding angrily to reports that the special counsel is looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

Trump's tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe. 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.

INSKEEP: The Department of Justice is so determined ordinarily not to comment on ongoing investigations that even putting out a statement saying news accounts may be wrong or not sounds like a comment, actually.

All of which necessarily brings us back to Rod Rosenstein.

A memorandum penned by Rosenstein was cited by the Trump White House as the inspiration for the May ouster of James Comey, then-director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

If there is an obstruction case against the President, one of the chief claims would be that Rosenstein's memo was a ruse orchestrated to shift attention away from the real reason for the Comey firing: the president's opposition to the FBI's investigation of whether Trump campaign aides colluded with the Russians to influence the presidential election campaign. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight given his role in Trump's decision to fire Comey.

At a ceremony last month to welcome Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, the Justice Department's third-ranking official, Rosenstein joked awkwardly about being at the center of criticism since taking office, according to people who were in the room.



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