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Russian Federation probe causes tension among top officials at Justice Department

19 June 2017, 12:11 | Colleen Roy

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Comey, who was sacked on May 9, told a Senate panel last week he believed Trump dismissed him to undermine the FBI's Russian Federation probe.

We do know, it's Rosenstein who appointed Bob Mueller as Special Counsel.

Trump's fledgling 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. "Witch Hunt", Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to his May 9 dismissal of James Comey.

Several White House officials and Trump associates insisted on anonymity from the Associated Press in order to discuss the president's views of the unfolding investigation.

Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA election, and has told lawmakers he would only fire him with good cause.

The former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief said it would be up to Meuller to determine whether Trump had obstructed justice.

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein submitted a widely circulated memo to the president last month raising concerns over Mr Comey's performance, but Mr Trump later said he had already made the decision to fire Mr Comey.




Yesterday, Trump referred to the possible obstruction of justice investigation as the "single greatest witch hunt in American political history".

Before Trump took to Twitter on Friday, Rosenstein on Thursday issued a perplexing statement of his own, denouncing news stories based on anonymous sources. "I can go around them" And he touted a new Rasmussen tracking poll that put his approval rating at 50 percent - an outlier among six June polls that found it ranged from 34 percent to 42 percent. Trump has called the investigation a "witch hunt".

Comey used his his three-hour testimony before the Senate intelligence committee last week to launch a blistering takedown of Trump, calling him a liar no less than five times.

Even though Mueller is technically leading the investigation, the DOJ controls the funding for the investigation and can fire Mueller if the department decides it's warranted. The probe has reportedly expanded to include whether Trump fired Comey in an attempt to obstruct justice.

Mueller continues to hire a team of lawyers, and with FBI investigators is gathering information that is widely expected to lead to a formal investigation into whether President Trump attempted to interfere in the investigation.

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



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