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Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller is leading a probe of Russian interference in the presidential election, whether Trump associates had contacts with Russians, as well as whether Trump's firing of Comey was an effort to obstruct the Russia probe, according to media reports.

In response to the statement, former US Attorney Preet Bharara, whom Trump fired in March, tweeted early Friday morning that "Americans should also exercise caution before accepting as true lies about firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director & defamation of a war hero special counsel", references to criticisms Trump has levied against Mueller and James Comey.

The president tweeted Friday, "Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great".

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller on May 17, testified on Tuesday that he would not fire the special counsel without "good cause".

U.S. President Donald Trump has another growing headache on Capitol Hill: a bipartisan Senate Judiciary Committee probe of his firing of FBI Director James Comey that Democrats say should look into possible obstruction of justice. As the Reuters' source explained, detectives will likely question Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Rosenstein, and Trump to get to the bottom of the alleged obstruction of justice Comey referenced during his testimony. The newspaper noted Mueller had requested interviews with CIA Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.

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"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Mark Corallo, spokesperson for Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz, said. "Sad!" the U.S. president tweeted.

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired then-US FBI director James Comey.

Wednesday's Washington Post article caused a firestorm in the White House on Thursday, particularly because President Trump had been trying so hard to prove that he was not a focus of the Russian Federation investigation. Trump later said he had planned to fire Comey regardless of what recommendation he received from Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

The White House has denied any collusion, and Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win. "It is my view that fully investigating the facts, circumstances and rationale for Mr Comey's removal will provide us the opportunity to do that on a cooperative, bipartisan basis", the letter said. Later the New York Times and Wall St Journal reported the story, citing their own sources. The special counsel has witness testimony and physical evidence to weigh when evaluating if Trump obstructed justice. Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is now quarterbacking DOJ's investigation into this matter, has been briefed on them.

He reiterated tweets from Thursday morning about the investigation. He and his team are investigating whether the President tried to pressure them to shut down the Russian Federation investigation.

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