Trump still angry over Russian Federation probe

Mr Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate Moscow’s involvement in the presidential election previous year and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates with the Russians, but there has been no indication that Mr Mueller told the president to fire Mr Comey.The Washington Post on Wednesday reported that Mueller is investigating the Republican president for possible obstruction of justice.Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russian Federation investigation, with plans to hire more, according to his spokesman Peter Carr.”The investigation is examining possible contacts with Russian operatives as well as any suspicious financial activity related to those individuals”, the daily said. Mr Kushner previously volunteered to share with Congress what he knows about Russia-related matters.President Trump’s frustration with months of inquiries into his campaign’s alleged connection to Russian officials boiled over on Twitter – again – on Friday morning, with Trump writing that none of the myriad congressional, federal or special probes had shown any wrongdoing on his part. The first time he told Trump was in his first meeting with the president before the inauguration on January 6.Mueller is also investigating whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.”They made up a phoney collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phoney story”.Trump also compared his position to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server in another tweet. He also was a top supporter of Trump during the campaign.The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent was not getting the same scrutiny. But soon after the abrupt termination, Trump told NBC News that he had been going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendations.”When I made a decision to just do it [fire Mr. Comey], I said to myself, you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story”, Mr. Trump casually explained to NBC’s Lester Holt, a few days after he allegedly told Russian officials that Mr. Comey was canned for being a “nut job” and that he was happy the “pressure because of Russia” was now gone. Do you know of any case where a person has been charged for obstruction of justice or, for that matter, any other criminal offense, where they said or thought they hoped for an outcome?According to the Washington Post, Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, and Richard Ledgett, the former deputy director at the NSA, have agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week.Comey’s firing is a “central moment that’s being looked at” in the investigation, Post reporter Devlin Barrett told NPR’s Ari Shapiro, “but it’s not the only thing”.He said he believes Mr Trump ultimately fired him “because of the Russian Federation investigation”.’The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn’t apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired, ‘ Feinstein said. The president has denied that he told Comey to drop the Flynn investigation.”Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump’s life and his associates lives”, said former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who labeled it “very unsafe”.