Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

HUD Secretary Ben Carson: Give Robert Mueller a chance on Russian Federation probe

HUD Secretary Ben Carson: Give Robert Mueller a chance on Russian Federation probe

On Thursday, Trump blasted news reports that he is under criminal investigation as a "witch hunt" against him led by some "very bad" people.

The President tweeted Friday that he was under "investigation", which he called a "witch hunt" in another tweet.

Mr. Sessions, a senior member of President Trump's Cabinet and an adviser to his election campaign previous year, had a series of tense exchanges with Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee during about 2½ hours of testimony as they pressed him to recount discussions with the Republican president.

He said he didn't know if Trump obstructed justice, but said it was for Mueller to decide.

Feinstein also is a member of the Senate Intelligence committee, which is conducting its own Russian Federation probe.

James Comey is sworn in while testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee. Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mueller.

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller on May 17, testified on Tuesday that he would not fire the special counsel without "good cause". An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday.

That appeared to be the first public confirmation that Trump is being investigated for obstruction of justice - and a digital salvo trained at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo criticizing Comey. It wasn't clear whether he was basing his tweet on direct knowledge or on media reports. After Comey's much-watched Senate testimony, the president said in a press conference that he would testify under oath regarding his interactions and conversations with the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.

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According to the timeline provided by the White House, Trump had met on May 8 with Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who told their boss during the meeting they had concerns about Comey.

Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was "increasingly concerned" that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.

The letter said the investigation will also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, as President Barack Obama's attorney general, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into Hillary Clinton's email practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

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. He is, however, the only one of those people who remains close to Trump. He also said Trump had privately urged him to pull back on the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn - a claim that the president has denied. He also has millions of followers on his official Facebook pages.

The Twitter attacks came as Vice President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.

Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday to insist that despite months of investigating, no proof has emerged that he colluded with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favor.

"After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my "collusion with the Russians", nobody has been able to show any proof".

But Rosenstein could end up recusing himself, too, Justice officials say, in part because he played a role in President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey. Mueller is now leading the investigation into whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

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