Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russian Federation investigators

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20 June, 2017

"Mr. Trump's apparent reference to Mr. Rosenstein, who oversees the Russian Federation investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it, came just hours after an oddly worded statement from Mr. Rosenstein complaining about leaks in the case".

Mr Trump has called the initial Washington Post report a "phoney story" and a "witch hunt". The New York Times also reported the story.

The Justice Department's investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election is looking at Kushner's multiple roles in the Trump administration, including the Trump campaign's 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner's own contacts with Russians, according to USA officials briefed on the probe.

President Donald Trump should not "threaten, much less order" the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russian Federation investigation, former independent counsel Kenneth Starr said Thursday.

Trump's tweets are the latest - and most direct - attacks on the leader of an investigation that he insists is unnecessary and distracting.

The DOJ statement by Rosenstein raised some eyebrows on social media Thursday evening. An aide familiar with the meeting said it was held to discuss the investigations, including ways that the parallel inquiries don't interfere with or overlap one another.

"I'm growing increasingly concerned that the President will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller", warned Sen.

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Recent news reports have suggested Trump sought all three officials' help in pressuring FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

A Justice Department official - who declined to speak on the record - told CNN that the White House didn't order Rosenstein's statement.

Grassley announced the investigation in a letter to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the panel's top Democrat.

In another tweet earlier Friday, Trump writes, "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Comey had presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the United States election, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian elections "year after year".

"You and I agree that the American people deserve a full accounting of attempts to meddle in both our democratic processes and the impartial administration of justice".

Feinstein has said the Judiciary Committee should investigate, but had asked Grassley to keep the investigations separate.


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