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

Posted June 17, 2017

Trump said, "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" Earlier this week, news reports indicated that Trump was thinking about firing Mueller but was dissuaded by staff.

Mueller's investigators have asked for information and will talk to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

A spokesman for Mueller's team declined to comment on Wednesday. Included was Comey's account of a February 14 meeting in the Oval Office in which he claims that Trump said of the FBI's investigation of Michael Flynn, "I hope you can let this go". Mr. Trump has denied making that request.

A recent National Security Agency memo documents a phone call where U.S. President Donald Trump pressures agency chief Admiral Mike Rogers to publicly state there is no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation, say reports.

Mr Comey told a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation", being carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller.

The White House has denied any collusion, and Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win. "To Trump", Klein writes, "this is something "they" did to him".

Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee last week and confirmed that he gave Mueller the memos he wrote detailing his interactions with Trump ahead of his firing.

Mr. Coats and Adm. Rogers told a Senate panel on June 7 that they didn't feel pressured by Mr. Trump to intervene with Mr. Comey or to push back against allegations of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign.

(He had not been for most of this year.) So, at 6:55 am on Thursday, Trump fired off an attempt to discredit the report. Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

If Trump is found guilty of obstruction of justice, that would likely be grounds for impeachment.

Before he was sacked, Comey was overseeing the investigation into whether members of Trump's campaign team participated in Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election.

Recent reports have said Trump also requested help from Coats and Rogers to pressure Comey to end the investigation into Flynn's activities. "#MAGA", Trump tweeted, ending with the acronym for his campaign slogan, Make America Great Again.

Republican Senator John Thune defended Mueller's integrity and said he needs to be able to continue to do his job and get to the bottom of the issues.

In federal court Thursday, CNN filed a lawsuit seeking to force the FBI to turn over former director James Comey's memos documenting his conversations with President Donald Trump.