New York Times sues Federal Bureau of Investigation to get notes of Comey-Trump talks

New York Times sues Federal Bureau of Investigation to get notes of Comey-Trump talks

Blake Casey
June 23, 2017

The Washington Post reported this week that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was also investigating the president for possible obstruction of justice, citing unnamed sources, a development that Mr Trump appeared to confirm in his Friday morning tweet.

Cullen is a former federal prosecutor who has long ties to former FBI Director James Comey.

Mueller has hired 13 new lawyers to help him handle his investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice and if members of his presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

Rosenstein pledged this week that he would maintain the integrity of the investigation and saw no reason to fire Mueller, despite reports that Trump was considering such a move.

US President Donald Trump announced he is under investigation and appeared to attack a senior Department of Justice official Friday, as the federal investigation consuming his administration gathered pace.

The president tweeted: "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".

Donald Trump has reportedly been yelling at TV sets in the White House as he becomes "increasingly angry" about an investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the United States presidential election.

The Washington Post was one of several media that revealed this week that Trump himself is being investigated on allegations of obstructing justice.

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Potentially. The White House and the president in theory can try to invoke executive privilege, which protects the private deliberations of the executive branch. Since then, Mueller, who served as FBI director before Comey, took over the investigation.

"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", Rosenstein said.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mueller's investigation had extended to include whether Trump committed obstruction of justice after Comey testified that the president had asked him to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser. They are: Flynn; Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort's business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; and Roger J. Stone Jr., an informal adviser to Mr. Trump.

That is why investigators want to know more about a meeting between Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and executives of Vnesheconombank, a Russian state-owned development bank now under USA sanctions.

Raw Story's Sarah K. Burris said, "The statement left the internet wondering if it was forced by President Donald Trump - or if the Justice Department was hacked".

Trump terminated Comey on May 9. While the investigation had originally been focused on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, the Post reported, the obstruction inquiry began after Trump fired Comey.

The memo, dated June 15, comes more than two weeks after Trump campaign officials received a similar letter dated May 26 directing them to preserve all records related to their work for the campaign, in light of the investigations being led by the special counsel and the House and Senate intelligence committees.