Senate Panel Meets With Special Counsel Robert Mueller in Russia Probe

Trump lashes out at ‘bad,’ ‘conflicted’ Russia investigators

Trump lashes out at ‘bad,’ ‘conflicted’ Russia investigators

Trump's focus was also drawn to the ongoing investigation into alleged ties between his presidential campaign and Russian Federation during the election amid reports that the probe had expanded to preliminary inquiries into whether the president obstructed justice. "Nice", Trump wrote on Twitter.

The Senate Intelligence Committee will not investigate whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice as part of its probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, CNN reported. And second, said Nichols, the tweet appears to be Trump "attacking the Justice Department".

In some ways, Trump has implicated himself by saying he fired former FBI Director James Comey to relieve pressure from the Russian Federation probe, calling him "crazy. a real nut job".

And it was Rosenstein who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The Post referred to anonymous sources who had been briefed on requests made by Mueller's investigators. He said the president "sought my advice and input" on Comey's firing.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Mr Trump began days after Mr Comey was sacked, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

Mueller also has the authority to investigate whether Trump tried to obstruct justice amid mounting evidence that he pressured the FBI to drop an investigation into his former national security advisor, Mike Flynn.

The Washington Post first reported that Robert Mueller wanted to question Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence; Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, the former deputy director of the NSA.

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The transition official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss post-election decisions publicly. Meanwhile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich slammed Mueller for reportedly launching investigation against Trump.

Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation. Kushner's attorney, Jamie Gorelick, appeared to downplay news of the investigation, saying that it was "standard practice" for Mueller to look into "anything related to Russian Federation".

The administration initially gave differing reasons for his dismissal, including that he had lost the confidence of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation.

Trump's young presidency has been battered by allegations - under investigation both by Congress and the FBI - that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favour, in possible collusion with Trump's campaign team.

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.

Sources have stressed to CNN that there is no indication Kushner is now a target of the probe, and there are no allegations he committed any wrongdoing.

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