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VP Pence hires personal lawyer to respond to Russian Federation probe: aide

In a series of statements on Twitter, Trump called special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign a “WITCH HUNT” based on the “phony” premise of possible collusion between Russia and a cadre of Trump campaign associates. Investigators would have to demonstrate corrupt intent on the part of the president, which is a high bar to clear. “The Special Counsel’s Office will be able to move forward on investigative steps already taken”.The order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence hired an outside lawyer to represent his legal interests. Comey, after all, could only testify that Trump wasn’t a target of the probe as of early May, when he was sacked.”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. Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him “because of the Russian Federation investigation”.Comey testified it would be up to Mueller to decide whether Trump’s action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.Lieu has been an outspoken critic of Trump since his inauguration, gaining traction on social media for his comments about the administration.Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. But his tweets virtually ensure that the political focus swings back to the Russian Federation scandal.If one tactical mistake was made by Mr. Comey in this dramatic political chess match, it was his decision to enlist a friend, voluntarily disclosed as a Columbia Law School professor, to slip the transcript of his one-on-one meeting with Mr. Trump to a New York Times reporter, who got it into print. Mr. Comey openly said he had done so to facilitate the case being pursued by Mr. Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.”This is a huge development because the investigation is no longer exclusively focused on a presidential campaign and concerns about collusion”. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight given his role in Trump’s decision to fire Comey. Still, the snowballing investigation has deeply angered Trump, who denies he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation.Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials, ‘ particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch of agency of government – with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. “Nice”, the president tweeted just before 4 a.m.”Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, “bleached” emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?” he wrote.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has discussed the possibility of recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation, according to a new report from ABC News.The Post quoted five people briefed on the requests, saying those who agreed to be interviewed include national intelligence director Daniel Coats, Admiral Mike Rogers who heads the NSA, and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett. Trump would have to order the Justice Department to fire him.