Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Pres. Trump: Obstruction of Justice Probe "Phony Story"

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 favor, in possible collusion with Trump's campaign team.

President Trump dismissed a potential obstruction of justice investigation into his conduct, calling allegations of collusion between him, his campaign or people associated with him and Russian Federation a "phony story".

A Washington Post article reported Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is now looking into the president for possibly obstruction of justice after claims that former FBI Director James B. Comey was sacked to prevent the Russian investigation from moving forward.

An aide to Vice President Mike Pence revealed on Thursday that he was hiring Richard Cullen a veteran of the Iran-Contra investigation, Watergate and the 2000 vote recount in Florida as a private lawyer.

But, "Officials say that changed shortly after Comey's firing", the Post reports.

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 U.S. officials briefed on the probe.

The New York Times reports that Trump has been mulling over the idea of firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller since he was first appointed, but that his senior staff has so far managed to talk him out of doing it on the basis of the political fallout if he did.

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Specifically, he said Democrats have said the intention of the GOP's health care proposal is "literally to kill people". Several lawmakers in the conference said leadership told them Scalise was likely in surgery at that very moment.

That isn't true anymore, according to reporting by The Washington Post on Wednesday night.

President Donald Trump is taking to Twitter denounce reports that the Russian Federation investigation is widening to examine whether he tried to obstruct justice.

The New York Times had also reported the investigation was now looking into if Trump associates laundered from Russian Federation during presidential campaigns. In sworn testimony before the Senate intelligence committee, fired FBI Director James Comey laid out in stark detail the steps Trump allegedly took to get Comey to back off the Flynn inquiry.

Two days ahead of the election on November 5, 2016, Trump said Clinton's "current scandals and controversies will continue throughout her presidency" and it would be "impossible for her to govern".

Trump's tweets apparently referred to the allegations in the stories that came up during the presidential campaign stating an aide to Mrs. Clinton had told the Federal Bureau of Investigation he had disposed her old mobile phones by breaking then with a hammer.

'Every time they come up here for their nomination hearing and I ask them are you going to answer phone calls and our letters and are you going to give us the documents you want?

Feinstein has said the Judiciary Committee should investigate, but had asked Grassley to keep the investigations separate. He has told his staff, his visitors and his outside advisers that he was increasingly convinced that Mr. Mueller, like Mr. Comey, his successor as director of the F.B.I., was part of a "witch hunt" by partisans who wanted to see him weakened or forced from office.

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