Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Trump publicly acknowledges Russian Federation probe includes him

Trump publicly acknowledges Russian Federation probe includes him

Mueller's office is also probing Jared Kushner's business dealings and finances are as part of his probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, the Washington Post reports.

It was not clear whether the president was basing his tweet on direct knowledge, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether he obstructed justice by firing Mr Comey last month amid the Russian Federation investigation.

USA TODAY previously reported that the FBI was investigating Kushner for his contact with Russian officials, but there was no word at that time that his financial dealings were part of the probe.

But people close to Mr. Trump say he is so volatile they can not be sure that he will not change his mind about Mr. Mueller if he finds out anything to lead him to believe the investigation has been compromised.

Gorelick added, "Mr. Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters".

Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency.

Reports have been mounting that Mueller is investigating Trump for potential obstruction of justice related to his firing of Comey.

Although Rosenstein's memo was extremely critical of former FBI Director James B. Comey, he technically did not formally recommend that Trump fire him.

Trump on Thursday tweeted that the investigation was "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

The focus on Rosenstein sharpened Friday because the President attacked the deputy attorney general in a tweet, blaming him for what he terms a "witch hunt". Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

"His view was still that it. could be misleading, because the nature of the investigation was such that it might well touch - obviously, it would touch the campaign, and the person at the head of the campaign would be the candidate".

Trump fired Comey on May 9. Miller said it could be in Trump's best interest if Mueller moves quickly with the probe.

Comey told lawmakers he gave notes he had taken after that meeting and his other eight meetings or phone calls he had with Trump to Mueller.

Trump spoke to Coats and Rogers about the Russian Federation investigation, according to officials.

A Justice official said Rosenstein was motivated in part because of frustration that recent news stories have unfairly brought on a torrent of "leak" accusations against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller's team. Coats and Rogers have testified that they were not pressured by the Trump administration. Coats and Rogers refused to comply with the president's requests, officials said.

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