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Trump attacks obstruction of justice probe by former FBI chief Mueller

16 June 2017

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

-Calif., who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee and is ranking chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to her colleague, Sen.

Comey rejected those requests and the investigation continued.

It was during that encounter when Trump asked him to drop an investigation into ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn, implicated in illegal dealings with Russian Federation.

Trump had received private assurances from then-FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation.

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Trump had wanted Comey to disclose publicly that he wasn't personally under investigation but the FBI director refused to do so. The obstruction of justice investigation into Mr Trump began days after Mr Comey was sacked on May 9, The Post said .

The news comes one day after Rosenstein affirmed his support for the special counsel, despite recent reports that Trump was weighing Mueller's dismissal.

The leaders of the Senate intelligence committee say In a statement issued Wednesday that they "look forward to future engagements" with Robert Mueller.

The three officials are Daniel Coats, director of U.S. national intelligence, Admiral Mike Rogers, chief of the National Security Agency, and Rogers's recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett.

The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI, the sources told The Washington Post.

This is a doubling-down of an RNC strategy to defend Trump at all costs, even calling for an end to the Congressional investigations on the White House's behalf. Donors including Rebekah Mercer and Todd Ricketts gathered in the Roosevelt Room on June 8 for a briefing from legislative director Marc Short, Politico said, citing a senior administration official and others familiar with the event. The president also spoke Friday, saying he would "100 percent" appear before Congress to counter Comey's claims. White House officials said the president is not considering such a step. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the committee's chair, urging an investigation into any possible obstruction of justice reflected in Comey's testimony.

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Last week, Comey testified in a Senate hearing that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation". The Post's report is based on conversations with five unnamed people who are said to have been briefed on the matter.

A spokesman for the DNI declined to comment to CNN.

Days before, Short had told reporters that the Russian Federation investigations were detracting from the administration's legislative agenda.

Details from those memos have been made public in news media accounts, and Comey himself detailed his conversations with Trump at a Senate hearing last week. "I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that's a conclusion I'm sure the special counsel will work towards, to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that's an offense".

"I think, frankly, our story shows that the president is by no means out of the woods as far as the investigation goes", the Post's Barrett told NPR.

He said his copies are now in the possession of the special prosecutor, Robert Mueller, and his friend said he returned his copy to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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On the interest rate decision, it was Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari who once again dissented, preferring no change. However, with the economy in the USA much more improved at this time, it does not need as much monetary help from the Fed.

After Comey's testimony, Trump said he had been vindicated because his former FBI director confirmed telling Trump on three occasions that he was not under investigation.