Trump calls reports of obstruction probe a ‘witch hunt’

While FBI Director James Comey told President Trump on three separate occasions that he was not personally under investigation for colluding with Russians in the 2016 election, that’s NOT necessarily the case anymore. “Witch Hunt”, Trump wrote on Twitter. Comey testified that after security adviser Flynn was forced to resign, at one meeting with the president alone inside the Oval Office on February 14, Trump said to him, “I hope you can let this go”.”Mueller and Rod Rosenstein?”.Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday hired his own lawyer to represent him in the special counsel’s Russian Federation investigation.Special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional panels are investigating the Russian Federation issue, which has cast a shadow over the early months of Trump’s presidency.Feinstein added, “That’s undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president’s oath of office”.Trump’s tweet could force Rosenstein’s recusal in the Mueller investigation, according to a Bloomberg View article by Harvard law professor Noah Feldman. Attention is focused on the question of obstruction simply because so much of Trump’s campaign to deep-six the investigation has been conducted openly, at full volume.Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump’s personal lawyer, on Wednesday evening responded to the Washington Post report by saying: “The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal“.The tweets came shortly after Rosenstein issued his unusual statement that appeared to be warning about the accuracy of such reports.On Thursday night, he issued a statement lashing out at news stories sourced to anonymous officials and that he believes are causing the President and Republicans to attack the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller for alleged leaks. “The Department of Justice has a long-standing policy to neither confirm or deny such allegations”, the statement said. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.Both actions seek documents Comey told the Senate he created earlier this year immediately after meetings and conversations with the president’.A source on Trump’s legal team attempted to clarify the missive, claiming he was reacting to media reports about the investigation rather than offering public confirmation.Moscow has denied any interference and the White House has denied any collusion.The senior Justice Department official with ultimate authority over the special counsel’s probe of Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ own recusal, sources tell ABC News. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight given his role in Trump’s decision to fire Comey. Trump said in a tweet. An official of Trump’s transition confirmed the laywer’s internal order sent Thursday.Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russian Federation probe since shortly after Sessions recused himself.”FBI agents and federal prosecutors have also been examining the finances of other Trump associates, said US officials familiar with the matter”, the Post reported.The latest White House crisis struck on the evening of Trump s 71st birthday, after a day in which he had won plaudits for his handling of the shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise.