Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

US President says no proof on 'collusion' with Russians

US President says no proof on 'collusion' with Russians

It's unclear if the president is referring to direct knowledge that he's being investigated or reacting to media reports. Rosenstein also appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate all things Trump and Russian Federation.

Trump's tweets Friday were especially remarkable considering the context that Trump was repeatedly asking Comey and other investigators to go on the record to say he wasn't under investigation.

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Burr said there's a reason for the committee's interest in interviewing these senior intelligence officials: To determine whether there was any collusion between Russian officials and Trump associates, a sign that obstruction was not part of his panel's purview. Trump previously said that he always knew he would fire Comey. Recent news reports have suggested Trump sought all three officials' help in pressuring FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

Shortly thereafter, he followed that up with another tweet, in which he returned to one of his main themes regarding the ongoing probe: "You are witnessing the single greatest witch hunt in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people".

But it was released shortly after The Washington Post reported - citing unnamed U.S. officials familiar with the matter - that the business dealings of President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, are being investigated by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the Trump administration's potential ties to Russia.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after he fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said. As CNN Politics reporter Chris Cillizza noted, it will be much harder for Trump and his colleagues to dismiss the FBI's probe into Russia's involvement as unnecessary meddling. "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration, there was never a special counsel appointed", Trump had tweeted. But that message was overshadowed by a tweet storm in which he appeared to confirm for the first time that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice.

Feinstein took notice of this, and the Senate Intelligence Committee chairwoman expressed concern about what this announcement would mean for Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, and the probes about obstruction of justice and Russia's actions during the 2016 election.

Trump has vehemently denied any collusion between himself or any of his associates and Russian Federation.

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