'Trump under probe for obstructing justice'

Trump uses social media to question probe of his campaign

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is the special counsel investigating possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign in meddling in the US Presidential election. Mueller is leading the Russian Federation probe after being appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the Department of Justice, which oversees the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In sworn testimony before the Senate intelligence committee, fired FBI Director James Comey laid out in stark detail the steps Trump allegedly took to get Comey to back off the Flynn inquiry. The questions included whether he had confidence in Rosenstein, whether he plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and how he knows he's under investigation by the FBI.

Now the probe has expanded to include investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice when he fired Comey.

"I would put that Rosenstein statement more in the "giving Trump enough rope" bucket than in the "succumbing to pressure" bucket", tweeted Matt Yglesias of Vox.

Buried in tonight's Post report is this important revelation: FBI General Counsel James A. Baker did not want now-former FBI Director Jim Comey to "assure then-President-elect Trump that the FBI was not investigating him personally".

The president tweeted Friday, "The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people!"

The Post says that, "Mueller's investigation is in a relatively early phase, and it is unclear whether criminal charges will be brought when it is complete".

A Justice official said Rosenstein was motivated in part because of frustration that recent news stories have unfairly brought on a torrent of "leak" accusations against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller's team.

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If proven to be true this would implicate Trump in an obstruction of justice, which is an impeachable offence. But then Rosenstein made the surprise move to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the Russian Federation investigation, a development that people close to Sessions and Trump believe has worsened matters for everyone involved. "Nice", Trump tweeted, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a "witch hunt". Mr Trump wrote on Twitter - Crooked H referring to Mrs Clinton.

Mueller also has the authority to investigate whether Trump tried to obstruct justice amid mounting evidence that he pressured the FBI to drop an investigation into his former national security advisor, Mike Flynn.

Trump has hired one of his longtime lawyers, Marc Kasowitz, to represent him in the multiple inquiries.

Investigators in Mueller's office are set to interview Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, a source familiar with the matter has told CNN.

The President began his day by saying there was "zero proof" of any links between Russian Federation and members of his campaign.

"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked at one point.

In response to the stories, Trump, in tweets, expressed frustration, saying he is the target of "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history ..."

Trump said that "nobody has been able to show any proof yet".

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