Special counsel Mueller also investigating possible 'money laundering by Trump associates'

Cheryl Sanders
June 16, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Donald Trump slammed special counsel Robert Mueller's expanding probe on Thursday, calling the inquiry into whether he obstructed justice a "phony story" and "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history".

In listening to the testimony before Congress of fired FBI Director Comey, one frightening and underlying truth becomes even more clear: The president is unfit for the job.

Comey would not say in his testimony last week whether he thought the president sought to obstruct justice, but added it would be up to special counsel Mueller "to sort that out".

The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee is encouraging the panel's Republican chairman to subpoena former FBI Director James Comey if he won't willingly come before the committee.

Though Coats, Rogers, and Ledgett didn't work on the president's campaign, which had been the prior focus of the larger investigation, the New York Times reports that Mueller is now interested in whether President Trump actively tried to impede Comey's investigation of former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Mueller is overseeing a host of investigations involving people who are or were in Trump's orbit, people familiar with the probe were quoted as saying.

Trump has vehemently denied any collusion between himself or any of his associates and Russian Federation.

President Donald Trump responded angrily to reports he is under criminal investigation Thursday, deriding a "witch hunt" against him led by some "very bad" people.

Significantly, Preet Bharara, the India-born former top USA federal prosecutor, earlier this week had said that there was enough evidence to begin an obstruction of justice case against Trump over his alleged interference in the Russian Federation probe.

Trump being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on January 20th, 2017.

The investigation into Russian meddling meant to benefit him began last summer, and has engulfed the first months of Trump's administration, with the Comey firing leading to the appointment of Mueller.

A spokesman for Mueller's team declined to comment.

A day or two after the March 22 meeting, Trump telephoned Coats and Rogers to separately ask them to issue public statements denying the existence of any evidence of coordination between his campaign and the Russian government.

"The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI", it said.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., and Sen. Grassley's office said the letter is in response to a recent letter from Feinstein requesting that the committee seek details from senior Federal Bureau of Investigation leadership about Comey's interactions with President Donald Trump before he was sacked.

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