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

Special Counsel Mueller is investigating Jared Kushner's finances


"Nice", Trump wrote in his first tweet. "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history", Trump tweeted Thursday morning, suggesting that Mueller was "bad" and "conflicted". Rosenstein was acting, because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from acting in the Russia investigation after it was revealed he had held two meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak before the November 8, 2016 election.

If Mueller finds that the president did make repeated attempts to obstruct justice, Trump's detractors will likely feel motivated, specifically to pursue impeachment.

Shortly after Trump fired Comey, a Justice Department official tapped Mueller to take up the investigation as a special counsel.

The Post quoted five people briefed on the requests, saying those who agreed to be interviewed include National Intelligence Director Daniel Coats, Adm. Mike Rogers who heads the NSA, and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett.

President Trump on Thursday criticized reports that he is now under investigation for obstruction of justice in connection with the firing of FBI Director James Comey, denouncing it as another "witch hunt" that is unfairly targeting him.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Regardless of the outcome, the specter of Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.

A Trump confidant this week said, for example, the president has "considered" firing Mueller.

Comey testified that initial explanations that he was sacked because of poor leadership were "lies, plain and simple".

The special counsel is following two major lines of investigation, said one US official familiar with the rough outlines of Mueller's probe who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Comey revealed last week under oath before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that he provided the contents of one of the memos detailing his February 14 meeting with the president to a friend, believed to be Columbia University professor Daniel Richman, who read parts of it to a New York Times reporter.

A spokesman for Trump's lawyer did not refute the notion that Trump was under examination, but decried what he said were leaks that the led to the story.

About a week later, Mueller, another former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, was appointed, over Trump's opposition, as special counsel to lead the criminal probe. Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump's orbit, people familiar with the probe were quoted as saying.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Comey had presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the US election, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian elections "year after year".

Officially, Mueller spokesman Peter Carr told NPR's Carrie Johnson, "We'll decline to comment".

They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story.

Mueller was named by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein eight days after Comey's dismissal to lead the Russian Federation investigation as a special counsel, a position created to conduct investigations when a normal Justice Department probe would present a conflict of interest or in other extraordinary circumstances.

Sources informed The Post of the financial focus of the investigation.

So, the news now begs the question: What does all of this mean for the question of how likely, or unlikely, Trump is to be impeached?

Pence has seldom addressed the Russian Federation issue, which has overshadowed Trump's White House agenda.

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