This statement is in keeping with the Trump administration’s general approach to the crisis, which is to redirect focus on the anonymous leakers rather than on the accusations themselves. 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 say.
The White House has said the subsequent meeting with the banker was a pre-inauguration diplomatic encounter, unrelated to business matters.
TAMARA KEITH, BYLINE: The tweets started just before 8 in the morning, but the one that set off a storm came at 9:07.
President Donald Trump has lashed out at the investigators driving the Russian Federation investigation as “very bad and conflicted people”, responding angrily to reports that the special counsel is looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.
The Post reported last week that Robert Mueller – the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election – was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice. It’s not clear that he would be, though, at this early stage. 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.
Mr Trump is an avid user of Twitter, with more than 32 million followers on his personal account and over 18 million on the official presidential account.
LESTER HOLT: So there was. Trump initially used that memo along with a recommendation from Sessions to justify firing Comey. He’s highly respected, very good guy, very smart guy. “The Democrats like him, the Republicans like him”.
Comey said he typed notes describing the conversations because he was anxious Trump “might lie” later about them.
The president has directed some of his frustration at Rosenstein and Mueller. Sen.
President Donald Trump says it’s “sad” that seven months of investigations and hearings into possible links between his campaign and Russian Federation have been fruitless. And in reality, it isn’t his choice.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on the Justice Department’s fiscal 2018 budget.
SUSAN COLLINS: If President Trump ordered you to fire the special counsel, what would you do?
In any case, this special counsel investigation has hit the doors of the #oval office, where it hasn’t gone some time recently. And so that’s what I would do.
KEITH: And that might explain why Rosenstein is now apparently the target of Trump’s ire.
“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials, ‘” Rosenstein said, “particularly when they do not identify the country – let alone the branch or agency of government – with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated”.
The newspaper noted that in a new phase of the investigation, Mueller plans on interviewing senior intelligence officials about Trump’s conduct. A White House spokeswoman referred all questions to Trump’s outside lawyer, who made no on-the-record statements.