President Donald Trump's closest allies are attacking the integrity of those involved in the widening probe of Russian interference in the USA election, accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of driving a biased investigation.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Officials who worked for President Donald Trump's transition team have been directed to preserve all records that might be relevant to the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, according to a copy of the memo obtained by CNN.
The Washington Post reported that Mueller had sought the testimony of several top intelligence officials, including Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, about Trump's requests that they intervene with Comey to block the Russian Federation investigation.
Comey told the Senate hearing that he believed he was dismissed by Trump because he did not stop the FBI's investigation into Flynn. Rosenstein in a memo to Trump raised concerns over FBI Director James Comey.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the Trump campaign's ties to the Kremlin, but according to the Washington Post, the scope of his inquiry has now widened. The report came quietly but abruptly from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was brought to Capitol Hill shortly after Comey was sacked in order to fill in for Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Weismann made his name rooting out organized crime families in NY and spearheading the Enron investigation.
On Friday morning, Trump, in a tweet, appeared to be attacking Rosenstein.
Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, also has retained an attorney to represent him.
With Democrats virtually salivating at the possibility they can find some link between Trump and the Russians, he needs to let special counsel Robert Mueller follow the leads.
Deputy Atty. Gen. Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.
Pence - along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Kushner, Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and White House Counsel Donald McGahn - was one of the advisers the president consulted as he made his decision to fire Comey.
U.S. President also blasts Hillary Clinton in Twitter diatribe.
"Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives", Gingrich wrote on Twitter, adding "very risky". The attorney general was at a White House meeting when the notification came from Rosenstein, prompting the enraged President to scold the attorney general for the turn of events.
Lawmakers and others have raised questions about whether it is appropriate for Rosenstein to oversee the special counsel as it now explores whether the president obstructed justice.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday she is "increasingly concerned" that Trump will try to fire Mueller and Rosenstein.
The Post reported that FBI agents and federal prosecutors are also looking into the financial dealings of Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former campaign policy adviser Carter Page. Even though Comey didn't name the dissenter, the Post was able to learn that Baker said that "although it was true at the moment that Trump was not under investigation, it was possible that could change".