President Donald Trump's transition team has been ordered to preserve materials related to ongoing investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, the New York Times reported on Friday, as Trump again assailed the probes.
The special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the United States election is looking at whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, the Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing unnamed officials.
Earlier this week, The Washington Post reported Mueller was investigating the possibility the President obstructed justice by suggesting then-FBI Director James Comey drop an FBI investigation into Michael Flynn. "Nice [,]" Trump tweeted yesterday at 6:55 a.m.
President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he is under federal investigation and appeared to single out a senior Justice Department official for criticism, underscoring his growing frustration with the persistent focus on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election and possibly his campaign.
Secondly, it pits Trump against deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the FBI's investigation into Russian meddling, after Trump's former campaign advisor and current attorney general Jeff Sessions was forced to recuse himself. But last night, as you said, The Washington Post published this story and today the president was tweeting - much more divisive tone.
The Times wrote that the memo is "the clearest evidence that the president has tried to directly influence the Justice Department and F.B.I. investigation into links between Mr. Trump's associates and Russian Federation".
Pence had been looking at hiring his own counsel for several weeks, and made his decision earlier this week after interviewing several candidates, his office said. But Comey's comments were referring to conversations he had with the president before he was sacked, and before Mr. Trump made remarks including that he was thinking of the "made-up" story about ties to Russian Federation when he fired Comey. When Comey was deputy attorney general in the Bush administration, he appointed a close friend and former colleague, Patrick Fitzgerald, as special counsel to investigate who leaked the identity of Valerie Plame, a covert Central Intelligence Agency officer. Trump denies it even though he has the authority under the Constitution to fire Comey for any reason or no reason at all. Now they go for obstruction of justice - phony story. However, Trump later told NBC News' Lester Holt that he had already chose to fire Comey before that memo was written.
Now that Trump is president and Comey has emerged as a top Trump antagonist, some former Comey critics see his willingness to go after the leaders of both political parties as proof of his independence. Comey said he told the president on three occasions that he wasn't personally under investigation. With just about a week to go before India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled arrive in Washington to meet Trump on June 26, the U.S. capital is awash with intrigue and suspense, with frequent parlor talk about if and when Trump will throw in the towel and the prospect of a "President Pence".
"He is a man of extraordinary independence and integrity. and great character", Vice President Mike Pence told reporters on Wednesday, noting that the longtime Justice Department official "came to work, sat down and made his recommendation" to fire Comey.
Faced with a Russian Federation investigation that appears to be broadening, Trump appears eager to use Twitter to undermine the credibility of the inquiry and to convince his supporters that they do not need to worry. Investigators are also considering the conversations Comey and the president had leading up to that point.