Angry Trump decries being target of Russian Federation probe


A team of investigators hired by special counsel Robert Mueller to probe Russia's campaign to influence the USA election will look at the finances and business dealings of President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, according to a report.

And it was Rosenstein who appointed Robert Mueller as the special counsel to lead that investigation after Comey was sacked.

Moreover, the Senate intelligence committee has already grilled several high-ranking officials - including Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and Attorney General Jeff Sessions - about whether Trump sought to interfere with the Russian Federation investigation and the criminal probe into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

Aides and volunteers on Donald Trump's presidential transition were instructed Thursday to save any records related to "several pending investigations into potential attempts by Russian Federation interests to influence the 2016 election", according to a memo provided to POLITICO. The finances of Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort, foreign policy adviser Carter Page, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn are also being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump's orbit, people familiar with the probe were quoted as saying.

The special counsel will also be investigating whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice, and it will be up to Mueller to decide whether to charge anyone during the investigation.

USA officials familiar with the investigation told The Washington Post about its financial focus Thursday.

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The lawyer for the president's son-in-law and close adviser said there was nothing surprising about the Post's report. "Nice", Trump wrote on Twitter, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a "witch hunt".

"It would be inappropriate for me to answer and reveal private conversations with the president when he has not had a full opportunity to review the questions and to make a decision on whether or not to approve such an answer", Sessions told lawmakers.

Another is, indeed, the possibility that Trump may have obstructed justice in his repeated efforts to quash the investigation.

Earlier this month, Rosenstein told The Associated Press that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will". A spokesman for Trump's personal attorney had strong words in response to the news.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, during an event on Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives.

Coats met behind closed doors for more than three hours Thursday with the Senate intelligence committee, which is conducting a separate investigation into Russian interference in the election.

Rosenstein could eventually be questioned by Mueller about his memo on Comey and what motivated Trump to ask him to write it. "I can go around them", Trump said.