Donald Trump confirms obstruction of justice probe, claiming 'witch hunt'

But then Rosenstein made the surprise move to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the Russian Federation investigation, a development that people close to Sessions and Trump believe has worsened matters for everyone involved.

'It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russian Federation.

Allegations Kushner's finances are being studied as part of the investigation come after it was reported last month the team behind the probe were examining meetings he had with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and a Russian banking executive late previous year during the presidential transition.

Mueller continues to hire a team of lawyers, and with FBI investigators is gathering information that is widely expected to lead to a formal investigation into whether President Trump attempted to interfere in the investigation.

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has privately acknowledged he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation probe, given that he could become a potential witness in the investigation, ABC News reported on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

In a series of statements on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Trump repeated his claim that Mr Mueller's investigation is a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phoney" premise of possible collusion between Russian Federation and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.

People familiar with the matter told the Post that the obstruction of justice probe started in the wake of Trump's firing of Comey. "Nice", Trump wrote in his first tweet. He insists he's the victim of a witch hunt.

As Mueller assembles his investigative team, statements by Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy this week set off new questions.

Trump may 'terminate' Russian Federation probe's Mueller says president's pal
Rosenstein may be asked to address the issue when he speaks at a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday morning. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said via email, "Chris speaks for himself".

Baker's views didn't change, even as Comey told Trump a second and third time that he was not being investigated.

Trump fired Comey on May 9.

President Donald Trump walks with National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster from the Oval Office to Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 16, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, .

"I think he's weighing that option", he said of Trump.

Comey told lawmakers he gave notes he had taken after that meeting and his other eight meetings or phone calls he had with Trump to Mueller. He is reportedly interviewing three top intelligence officials - Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and retired deputy NSA director Richard Ledgett - as part of the probe as early as this week.

Kushner and other Trump business associates are being looked at in the investigation, according to a new report.

A Justice official said Rosenstein was motivated in part because of frustration that recent news stories have unfairly brought on a torrent of "leak" accusations against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller's team. Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the president's requests, officials said.

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