Mueller Hires 13 Attorneys to Join Russia Probe

Postado Junho 20, 2017

Donald Trump has been reported to be contemplating the dismissal of Mueller, who was appointed by the deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, on 17 May just over a week after the president sacked the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey. Another attorney on the team was the leader of the Enron investigation, Andrew Weissman.

"That is a great, great team of complete professionals, so let's let him do his job", former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who investigated President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, told ABC News. Even though only five of the 13 have been identified so far, three of them - Rhee, Quarles, and Weissman - lean heavily to the Democrat side.

The business dealings of President Donald Trump's son-in-law and trusted aide Jared Kushner are being investigated by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing officials familiar with the matter. The inquiry has expanded to include an examination of whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice, The Post reported Wednesday.

The newspaper noted Mueller had requested interviews with CIA Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.

On "Fox & Friends" Monday, Sekulow says that when people study the 2016 presidential election, they'll look back at Trump's communications as "the most successful utilization of social media platforms and communication in our lifetime".

At the December meeting with Kislyak, Kushner suggested establishing a secure communications line between Trump officials and the Kremlin at a Russian diplomatic facility, according to US officials who reviewed intelligence reports describing Kislyak's account.

"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice", the President tweeted.

Trump also red his own lawyer last month for probes by a special counsel and congressional committees.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's outside attorney, Marc Kasowitz, slammed the Post's reporting. "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

As Mueller assembles his investigative team, statements by Trump's friend Christopher Ruddy this week set off new questions.

A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it. "They're investigating every single avenue", said Schlapp, a Fox News contributor.