Trump slams obstruction of justice story on Twitter

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The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

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President Trump fired off tweets Friday morning attacking the special counsel's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, and apparently, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., right, chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Vice Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., left, listen as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about his role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

"The public interest requires me to place this investigation under a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command", Rosenstein said in his announcement last month.

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In the recent meeting with Brand, Rosenstein told her that if he were to recuse himself, she would have to step in and take over those responsibilities. "Sad!" the USA president tweeted.

Friday's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president over a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

The Washington Post, citing unidentified officials, reported on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the Republican president for possible obstruction of justice. And, apparently, neither was the president, who went on national television and declared, "I was going to fire him regardless of recommendation ..."

The White House referred questions to Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz.

Adding to the confusion is the fact that the special investigation is now being led by another former FBI director.

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Trump also denied again in the morning tweets any kind of collusion with the Russian government. Rosenstein can fire Mueller, but that doesn't make him the one investigating Trump.

Mueller is also investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, the Post reported Wednesday.

In an interview with NBC regarding the firing of Comey, Trump talked about how when he made a decision to fire Comey, he thought that the accusation brought against Trump was "a made-up story, an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won". Trump has disputed both claims, saying flatly that he never asked Comey to drop the Flynn probe.

Kasowitz said on Wednesday that leaking Federal Bureau of Investigation information about the president was "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", although he did not question the content of the article.

"Why is [it] that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?"

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The Post quoted five people briefed on the requests, saying those who agreed to be interviewed include national intelligence director Daniel Coats, Admiral Mike Rogers who heads the NSA, and his recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett.

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