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Trump lawyer contradicts president on obstruction investigation

19 Junio 2017, 08:03 | Crisanna Felipe

'Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations,' says Rod Rosenstein

Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russia investigators

The letter to campaign officials was signed by Michael Glassner, the Trump campaign's executive director, and sent in an envelope from the Jones Day law firm, which the campaign retained to field inquiries from investigators, according to a copy of the letter obtained by CNN.

Previous Post articles have mentioned Kushner's meetings with the head of a Russian state-owned development bank.

That he would confirm he is under investigation came out of nowhere, this official said. That tweet was in response to a Washington Post story that ran with five unnamed sources - without identifying the agencies they represented - saying that the special council had brought down his investigation to include the president. He continued to denounce ongoing congressional investigations into his campaign and Russian Federation, reiterated his disdain for the news media and touted what he perceived as his administration's successes.

Mueller is also investigating whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Painter, meanwhile, explained to The News Friday that Trump's latest tweet also signals he is trying to lay the groundwork for a case to have Rosenstein recuse himself - which would further complicate, or delay the progress of, any potential case against him.

Rosenstein appointed Mueller, a former FBI director, in May while facing questions about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Trump, who has denied any collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, has frequently lashed out about the allegations, which have overshadowed his administration's efforts to overhaul the healthcare system, cut taxes and boost jobs. Coats and Rogers have testified that they were not pressured by the Trump administration.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Senate Intelligence Committee member, said she was "increasingly concerned" Trump would try to fire not only Mueller, but also Rosenstein.

Trump insists his campaign had nothing to do with Russian efforts to undermine credibility in the US election.

The president conveyed the message on Twitter.

Mueller's plans emerged just a week after Comey told the Senate Intelligence Committee that Trump pressed him in February to ease up on an investigation into Flynn. Maybe the White House leaned on Rosenstein to say something publicly (just as Trump had leaned on Comey) to the effect that Trump still isn't under investigation for collusion and Rosenstein made a decision to appease them by issuing the vague "don't believe everything you read" press release.

A U.S. official who is familiar with the rough outlines of the probe and who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters on Thursday that Mueller was also examining whether Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation.

If Rosenstein recuses himself from oversight of the special counsel investigation, that role would fall to the Justice Department's No. 3 official, newly confirmed Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.

President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, and their son and Barron Trump, walk to Marine One across the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Saturday, June 17, 2017, en route to Camp David in Maryland.

Rosenstein is at the center of Comey's departure: His memo to Attorney General Jeff Sessions is the basis that White House officials and Trump himself have used to defend Comey's dismissal, despite the FBI's ongoing investigation into the 2016 campaign and Russia's attempts to help Trump win.



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