A source familiar with the Mueller investigation confirmed the report, saying an examination of possible obstruction of justice charges was “unavoidable” given testimony by former FBI Director James Comey, although the issue may not become the main focus of the probe.
Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit – and potentially end – his presidency.
Also Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley said his panel will investigate the removal of former FBI Director James Comey and “any alleged improper partisan interference in law enforcement investigations”. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations. Cohen has worked for Trump since the mid-2000s and was active in the campaign.
Mr Trump previously claimed he was the victim of a “witch hunt” in May after Mr Mueller, a former FBI director, was appointed to lead an investigation into his campaign’s alleged ties to Russian Federation. Grassley’s office said the letter is in response to a recent letter from Feinstein requesting that the committee seek details from senior Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership about Comey’s interactions with President Donald Trump before he was sacked.
The president wrote, “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!”
The Republican president has repeatedly complained about the probe, calling it a witch hunt and saying Democrats can not accept his election victory.
The new allegations against Trump center on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the inquiry’s direction.
USA TODAY previously reported that the FBI was investigating Kushner for his contact with Russian officials, but there was no word at that time that his financial dealings were part of the probe.
Vice President Mike Pence has also hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight given his role in Trump’s decision to fire Comey.
He, however, said that whatever Trump did was “a very disturbing thing, very concerning”.
USA employers pulled back on hiring in May by adding only 138,000 jobs, though the gains were enough to help nudge the unemployment rate down to a 16 year-low. “Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!” “I can go around them”, the tweet read.
He’s been advised of the legal ramifications from making these presidential statements on Twitter, but he and at least a few advisers have come to believe the political fight is more urgent. He also has millions of followers on his official Facebook pages.
“After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians, ‘ nobody has been able to show any proof”. He lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration with the unrelenting controversy that has consumed his early presidency. The New York Times reported that Trump had been waved off the idea by advisers. He has questioned why investigators don’t dig into the links between the Democrats and the Russian government, including his general election opponent, Hillary Clinton.