Trump blasts reported obstruction probe as ‘phony’

Trump blasts reported obstruction probe as ‘phony’

President Donald Trump again decried the Russian Federation probe as a “witch hunt” in a Thursday morning tweet. “Nice”, Trump tweeted, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a “witch hunt“.

“You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history – led by some very bad and conflicted people!”

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump complained on social media about the wide-ranging investigation of Russian interference in the USA election as Robert Mueller appeared to widen his probe to include whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.

Last month, President Trump hired his own lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, to handle Russia-related investigations by the FBI and USA congressional committees.

United States national intelligence director Daniel Coats, National Security Agency chief Mike Rogers, and Richard Ledgett, who recently quit as NSA deputy director, have agreed to speak to investigators, the Post reported.

That will include, according to the Washington Post, putting under oath senior intelligence officials whose help Trump reportedly asked for in an attempt to get Comey to back off the Russian Federation probe (and who refused to answer direct questions on the subject in a Senate hearing).

The Washington Post report cited anonymous sources who were briefed on requests made by investigators.

The two hour-long testimony saw Comey further informing that Trump had directed him to drop an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Meanwhile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich slammed Mueller for reportedly launching investigation against Trump.

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, on Tuesday testified that he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

Late Thursday, reports surfaced Vice President Mike Pence hired a lawyer to assist him through probes into whether there were ties between Trump’s election campaign and Russian Federation.

Pence hired Richard Cullen, chairman of law firm McGuireWoods, to help him respond to inquiries from special counsel Robert Mueller, a spokesman said.

The memo sent Thursday asks for records related to foreign travel, contacts with Russian “officials, agents or nationals” and background investigations into the top Trump associates now targeted by Mueller’s probe.

Trump’s lawyers made similar comments Wednesday.