WaPo Reports Special Counsel Is Investigating Jared Kushner's Business Dealings

He tweeted, "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my "collusion with the Russians", nobody has been able to show any proof".

Quoting officials, the newspaper said one event of interest to Mr Mueller is an exchange on March 22, when Mr Coats told associates that Mr Trump had asked him to intervene with Mr Comey to get him to back off the focus on Mr Trump's former national security advisor Mike Flynn as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation probe of the Russian Federation affair.

In a series of statements on Twitter Thursday, Trump repeated his assertion that Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign is a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phony" premise of possible collusion between Russia and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.

He has questioned why investigators do not dig into links between the Democrats and the Russian government, including his election opponent Hillary Clinton. Some of his ire is aimed at Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him, associates have said.

In an early morning tweet, the president said Robert Mueller, special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, is investigating his role in Comey's dismissal.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", a spokesman for Mr Trump's legal team, Mr Mark Corallo, said. Conveniently, though, recusal would also mean that if Trump orders Mueller's ouster, it wouldn't be Rosenstein up late at night deciding whether to roll over and save his job, or refuse on principle and lose it.

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Hideki Matsuyama , meanwhile, ran off three birdies on five holes to start the back nine and was within two shots of the lead. More than worrying about the uncertainty of his career, he was trying to figure a way to close one of these big ones out.

About 60 percent of Americans think Trump attempted to obstruct or impede the investigation, the Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll found.

"It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russia", Gorelick said, according to Fox News.

Several legal experts told Reuters that Comey's testimony last week that Trump expected loyalty and told Comey he hoped he could drop an investigation of a former top aide could bolster obstruction of justice allegations against Trump.

In a second Tweet, Trump echoed previous claims that he is the victim of what he says is the "single greatest witch hunt in American political history".

"His concern was, because we're looking at the potential - again, that's the subject of the investigation - coordination between the campaign and Russian Federation, because it was President Trump - President-elect Trump's campaign, this person's view was, inevitably, his behavior, his conduct will fall within the scope of that work", Comey said. The newspaper noted Mueller had requested interviews with CIA Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.

Mueller is also investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, the Post reported Wednesday.

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