Trump derides 'witch hunt' against him in Russian Federation probe

Americans largely view the issue along partisan lines.

On Wednesday, anonymous sources told the Washington Post that special counsel Robert Mueller told Senate investigators in a confidential hearing that he was looking into Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking.

Starr also touched on some people's frustrations following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent testimony - and his refusal to repeat conversations with Trump - in front of the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday.

Rosenstein, whose by-the-book reputation was promoted by administration officials before he was confirmed in April as the nation's second-ranking law enforcement officer, has become an unexpectedly prominent figure in the controversy swirling around the White House.

The Washington Post reported late Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking interviews with three Trump administration officials who weren't involved in Trump's campaign.

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.

Last week, Mr. Comey told the Senate committee that President Trump had fired him to undermine the FBI's investigation of the Russian Federation matter.

The lawyer for the president's son-in-law and close adviser said there was nothing surprising about the Post's report.

Trump has denounced the investigation as a "witch hunt" being "led by some very bad and conflicted people", making accusations of bias against Mueller and his staff that have gained traction among the president's supporters.

The New York Times reported Thursday that Mueller has also asked the NSA to provide his investigators with any notes or documents relating to interactions between the agency and the White House in connection with the Russian Federation investigation.

"I think he's weighing that option", he said of Trump.

"I appointed him; I stand by that decision, " he said.

"Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said".

Trump pushed back on the probe in a series of tweets, claiming he was the victim of the "single greatest witch hunt in American political history".

"The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", said Mark Corallo, the spokesman, according to the Post.

Comey testified last week that he also felt pressured to drop the Flynn probe. At the same time, he said that he had turned over his contemporaneous memos of discussions with Trump to Mueller and broadly hinted that the special counsel was investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice.

Following Comey's blockbuster appearance before Congress, an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll shows 68 percent of Americans are at least moderately concerned about the possibility that Trump or his campaign associates had inappropriate ties to Russian Federation.

The Democratic attorneys general of Maryland and Washington DC filed a suit earlier this week accusing Trump of violating the emoluments clause of the US Constitution by refusing to sever relations with his multi-billion-dollar real estate business.

US employers pulled back on hiring in May by adding only 138,000 jobs, though the gains were enough to help nudge the unemployment rate down to a 16 year-low.

Trump also trained his fire on one-time rival Hillary Clinton.

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is encouraging the panel's Republican chairman to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey if he won't willingly come before the committee.

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