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Trump claims he did not interfere in FBI investigation

20 May 2017, 08:25 | Terri Saunders

Trump has repeatedly denied any collusion between his campaign and the Kremlin, amid accusations from U.S. intelligence that Russian President Vladimir Putin orchestrated a sweeping campaign to tilt the vote in the Republican's favor. I think it shows division, and it shows that we're not together as a country.

Trump sent shockwaves across Washington last week by unceremoniously sacking his FBI director - a virtually unprecedented move that came as James Comey was heading an investigation into Team Trump's links to Russian Federation.

The decision comes amid mounting concerns about Trump's potential attempts to interfere in the investigation, including the sacking of former FBI Director James Comey last week.

Trump had said Thursday he was "very close" to naming a replacement and that former Connecticut Sen.

Trump clearly knew what he wanted to say as he took a few questions at a news briefing with visiting Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

Did he urge Comey at a February meeting to drop his probe of the Russian Federation connections of Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn?

However another answer on that subject seemed both more specific and perhaps ambiguous.

But Trump's ongoing claim that this is a witch hunt just isn't borne out by what we know of the investigation, and the American people and even lots of Republicans are convinced of that.

Hours after former FBI director Robert Mueller was tapped to take over the investigation, Trump took to Twitter in the early morning to scrub the White House's earlier, more measured, response.

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Asked about possible obstruction of justice, Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan told reporters the special counsel would "follow the facts where ever they may lead" and that "it is premature to prejudge anything at this point". But Mueller's decision to leave his job at WilmerHale, the law firm he has worked at since 2014, could actually be a little problematic, as the firm's client list includes several key people who are linked to Team Trump.

"We'll get rid of the smoke and see where the actual issues lie", said Senator Tim Scott. And I think it's a very, very negative thing.

Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California said Rosenstein made clear Mueller has "carte blanche authority" in his investigation, and many members expressed confidence in Mueller, a former FBI director.

The memo focuses on Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, particularly the FBI director's decision to divulge details to the public at various junctures.

"That was a poor, poor performance", Trump said.

House and Senate investigators probing Russia's ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump promised Thursday they would continue on the same track amid questions of whether the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller would curtail their work.

The Times cited notes from a May 10 Oval Office meeting, the day after Trump fired Comey.

The House Intelligence Committee requested more documents from the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation related to its Russian Federation probe. But Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said Comey should still appear before congressional committees that have invited him to testify. "I hope that we don't inadvertently trip up or damage the independent investigation of the special counsel", he said.

Mueller, a former federal prosecutor at the Justice Department, was confirmed as FBI director days before the September 11, 2001, attacks that would ultimately shape his tenure.



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