Trump denounces reports of widening Russian Federation probe


The special counsel appointed to probe alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential polls is now also investigating President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice, according to a media report.

In response to the statement, former US Attorney Preet Bharara, whom Trump fired in March, tweeted early Friday morning that "Americans should also exercise caution before accepting as true lies about firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director & defamation of a war hero special counsel", references to criticisms Trump has levied against Mueller and James Comey.

Trump also retweeted law professor Alan Dershowitz, who has called for a halt to conversations about obstruction of justice because there was "no plausible case".

The special counsel is following two major lines of investigation, said one USA official familiar with the rough outlines of Mr Mueller's probe who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The memo that Mr. Comey drafted in which he detailed ways in which the president might have acted improperly to influence an ongoing investigation is confirmed to exist, but it has yet to be turned over the Congress. The federal Russian Federation probe is being led by former FBI chief Robert Mueller.

First, it is the president himself acknowledging that he is, in fact, under investigation for possible obstruction of justice-something even on Thursday the White House would not acknowledge.

Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it.

Special counsel Mueller apparently disagrees and is actively investigating.

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Based on accounts of people familiar with the investigation, the reports say Mueller plans to interview Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency (NSA) Director Michael Rogers and former NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett.

In a new tweet, Pres. Trump appears to confirm he's under investigation for obstruction of justice.

President Trump emphasized the importance of "dignity" and "honest" work in his weekly address released Friday, which focused on providing advice to young workers. Trump described such stories as witch hunt. "It is in everybody's best interests if we let him do his job". "It's never been part of our" investigation".

So, in a way, the news that Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction makes it harder for Trump to fire Mueller, while also making a cornered president more likely to do just that.

Mr Comey, who had been leading one of several Russian Federation inquiries, testified to Congress last week that the president had pressured him to drop the inquiry into Mr Flynn.

Trump's spokesman said when he dismissed Comey on May 9 that the reason was the former FBI chief's handling of the investigation into Clinton's use of a private email server.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions declined to reveal what he and Trump have discussed about the Russian Federation probe or the decision to fire Comey.

"Nice", Mr Trump wrote on Twitter earlier, later repeating his accusation the probe was a "witch hunt". At the time of that report it was not clear that the FBI was investigating Kushner's business dealings.

Kushner and other Trump business associates are being looked at in the investigation, according to a new report. It cited five people briefed on the requests by Mueller's team who spoke on condition of anonymity.