Trump mocks Federal Bureau of Investigation for failing to prove 'Russian Collusion'
- Author: Adam Floyd Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 0:05
Wednesday's Washington Post article caused a firestorm in the White House on Thursday, particularly because President Trump had been trying so hard to prove that he was not a focus of the Russian Federation investigation.
A Trump confidant said this week the President had considered firing Mr Mueller. The White House referred to Trump's outside legal counsel when asked if the president was specifically referring to Rosenstein.
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The Democratic National Committee, in a statement Friday, said that Rosenstein, who has authority over Mueller, needs to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation and that control of the investigation should not be given to another presidential appointee.
In a series of statements on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Trump repeated his claim that Mr Mueller's investigation is a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phony" premise of possible collusion between Russian Federation and a cadre of Trump campaign associates. Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win. It was not clear whether Trump's tweet was referring to Rosenstein or Mueller, but most news organizations identified the former as Trump's target. "I hope you can let this go".
In addition, officials also said investigators have been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates.