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20 June 2017, 01:48 | Kara Nash
He testified that, about three months before his firing, Trump pressed him to drop the investigation of Flynn by saying he hoped Comey could let it go. "That is not how the rule of law works, and Congress will not allow the President to so egregiously overstep his authority".
Mueller serves at the will and pleasure of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed him to head the inquiry.
Christopher Ruddy, a friend of the president's, on Monday first said that Trump had been "weighing" whether to fire Mueller, who was appointed by Rosenstein after Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May.
USA officials familiar with the investigation told The Washington Post about its financial focus Thursday.
'Obsession': Trump's tweets come as Politico weighs in with another story saying that Trump aides are anxious that the president's "obsession" with the Russian investigation is consuming his presidency.
Late on Thursday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who is overseeing the Russian Federation investigation issued a statement saying the Justice Department does not confirm or deny the kind of allegations in news reports about the probe, and encouraging the public to be skeptical of them.
The New York Timesnotes "The tweet was the first explicit acknowledgment by the president that Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel for the Russian Federation inquiry, had begun examining whether Mr. Trump's firing of Mr. Comey last month was an attempt to obstruct the investigation". 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.
All week, some of Trump's most ardent defenders, including his son Donald Trump Jr., his White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and friend and occasional adviser Newt Gingrich have questioned the probe in similar ways.
The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after the inauguration. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the President's oath of office".
Mueller's investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials. Reports have alleged that Trump asked both men to publicly quash the credibility of the Russian Federation investigation.
Sessions contradicted Comey, who last week told the intelligence panel that after an encounter with Trump in which he said Trump pressured him to back off an investigation into the former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, Comey "implored" Sessions to make sure he was never left alone with the president again - but that Sessions didn't respond.
In another tweet posted about two hours earlier on Friday morning, Trump, for the second consecutive day, went directly after DOJ's Russian Federation probe, which now includes an examination of whether the president obstructed justice when asking Comey to drop a probe of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, or by firing Comey.
He has decided - after consulting with a small circle of advisers in multiple meetings over the last few days - that "this is a political fight and he's going to fight it", the official said. The legal one will come later.
Friday's tweets have taken other aides across the White House by surprise.
USA lawmaker shot by anti-Trump gunman showing improvement
When Scalise arrived in the hospital, he had an "imminent risk of death" and was "as critical as you can be", doctors also said. The deciding factor will probably be Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond, who may be the best to have ever played in the game.
Special counsel investigating Kushner business dealings
Cullen is a former federal prosecutor who has long ties to former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired on May 9. On Thursday, Kushner's lawyer said any such scrutiny of Kushner's business would be "standard practice".
Green Germany expect tough Confederations Cup start
Germany made wholesale changes to their squad, with only seven players from their EURO 2016 squad called in for this tournament. That being said, this seems like a game to much for Australia and I think that they will be comfortably beaten by the Germans.
N.Korea to soon test ICBM: State media
A screen shows a news program reporting about North Korea's missile firing from Wonsan, center, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Tokyo. In typical propaganda fashion, the report said "the launched cruise rockets accurately detected and hit the floating targets".