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Trump Slams 'Phony Story' on Obstruction: 'Witch Hunt'

26 June 2017

Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday (June 16) to insist that despite months of investigating, no proof has emerged that he colluded with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favour.

The probe is being led by special counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed by Rosenstein.

Former FBI Director James Comey, who testified under oath before Congress last week, indicated that he told Trump on multiple occasions that he personally was not under investigation during the Russian Federation probe. He took to Twitter, Thursday to rail on the prospects of being investigated for allegedly asking fired FBI Director James Comey to stop investigations into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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A recent Washington Post report said Trump is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. The Post spoke with five people briefed on the inquiries, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the probe publicly. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.

The Justice Department declined to comment on Friday.

At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers refused to say whether Trump asked them to intervene in the investigation, which is also examining whether the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian Federation during last year's presidential campaign.

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The White House confirmed that Mueller was among the candidates Trump interviewed to replace Comey.

Mr Mueller is leading an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential election. After Mueller was appointed last month, Trump tweeted: "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history". "#MAGA", Trump tweeted later Thursday morning.

"The Vice-President is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the President's agenda and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter", a Pence spokesman said. Former FBI director James Comey assured him three times that he was not.

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"A lot of people have tried to make the case - including the president - that this means that the collusion investigation is being abandoned", Entous said.

Trump Slams 'Phony Story' on Obstruction: 'Witch Hunt'