Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russia investigators

Beyond telling Americans to be skeptical of any "anonymous allegations", it seems that Rosenstein is insinuating that government officials cited in many news stories may not be American.

On Wednesday, Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz suggested - without providing evidence - that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had leaked details of the criminal probe.

The transition official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss post-election decisions publicly.

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.

On Thursday, Kushner's lawyer said any such scrutiny of Kushner's business would be "standard practice". The meeting occurred as Kushner's company had been seeking financing for its troubled $1.8 billion purchase of an office building on Fifth Avenue in NY, and it could raise questions about whether Kushner's personal financial interests were colliding with his impending role as a public official.

Americans are mixed on whether the Justice Department investigation, now led by Robert Mueller, can be fair and impartial.

The lawyer for the president's son-in-law and close adviser said there was nothing surprising about the Post's report. "It would be standard practice for the special counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russian Federation". Several congressional committees are also investigating the Russian Federation matter.

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. 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. On Thursday, he described the ongoing inquiry as a "witch hunt" that was "led by some very bad and conflicted people".

Comey told Congress last week that he leaked his memos of his conversations Trump to a friend after a tweet by the president suggested he may have taped the conversations.

"Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, "bleached" emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?" he wrote.

Beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused from the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and the firing of FBI Director James Comey, faced the lions before the Senate Intelligence Committee this week, and survived with barely a scratch. He has already been subpoenaed by the House Permanent Select Intelligence Committee. As for Comey, he remains a shrewd and calculating defender of the rule of law and its instruments, positioned to defend them against a president he sees as an unprincipled political opportunist in a highly unsafe time for the country.

President Donald Trump is taking to Twitter denounce reports that the Russian Federation investigation is widening to examine whether he tried to obstruct justice.

In his tweet, Trump says he was "told" to fire Comey, but the commander in chief normally doesn't take orders from members of his administration.

"And so he was reluctant to make the statement that I made", Comey said.

Mueller's investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials.

Comey took notes after each of his nine meetings or phone calls with Trump, including one alone with the president in the Oval Office on February 14, the day after Flynn was forced to resign.

The former speaker said Trump called him Monday night and that the two discussed Gingrich's concerns. The New York Times also reported the story.

Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes by Trump associates, the daily said, quoting unnamed United States officials.

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.

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.

  • Rogelio Becker