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Federal Bureau of Investigation denies CNN FOIA request for Comey's Trump memos

Federal Bureau of Investigation denies CNN FOIA request for Comey's Trump memos”

Earlier this week the Washington Post released a story reporting Mueller is investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice.

Rosenstein authored a letter detailing why FBI director James Comey should be fired on May 9, and announced the selection of former FBI director Mueller to serve as special counsel and head up the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation on May 17.

The FBI probe headed by Mueller, a former FBI director appointed special counsel following Trump's firing of Comey last month, is running parallel with separate investigations by committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

In another tweet, Mr Trump said: "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".

Trump may have been referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a highly critical memo about Comey.

The new allegations against Trump centre on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the inquiry's direction. The questions included whether he had confidence in Rosenstein, whether he plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and how he knows he's under investigation by the FBI. It is likely that Mueller leaked the news of an obstruction of justice probe to the Post to make it more politically hard for Trump to dismiss him.

President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he is under federal investigation and appeared to single out a senior Justice Department official for criticism, underscoring his growing frustration with the persistent focus on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election and possibly his campaign.

The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent was not getting the same scrutiny. "I can go around them", the tweet read. Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mueller.

Earlier this week, the investigation led by Mueller appeared to move closer to Trump. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the investigators were looking into possible obstruction of justice. The White House has used a memo he wrote to justify Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, but that Trump action may now be part of the probe.

Comey testified last week that he also felt pressured to drop the Flynn probe.

Trump's tweets came after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.



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