Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russia investigators

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The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.

In a subsequent early-morning tweet, Trump called the investigation "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history".

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller to investigate Russian interference in last year's election and whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia, sent out the warning in an email at about 9:30 p.m. without saying what prompted him to take that unusual step.

In its report, the Post did not cite the names of any governmental employees as sources and the inputs were attributed to "U.S. officials familiar with the matter".

Vice-President Mike Pence has hired an outside lawyer to handle his response to inquiries into possible ties between President Trump's campaign and Russian Federation.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Mark Corallo, spokesperson for Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz, said.

Trump accused the media of hypocrisy, pointing out that Hillary Clinton was never accused of trying to obstruct justice even though she had her staff smash her private email devices with a sledgehammer.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Comey had presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the US election, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian elections "year after year". "Nice", the president tweeted.

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During an interview with CNN Money, Stone, a close ally and longtime adviser of Donald Trump blasted the investigation into alleged collusion between Trump's campaign and the Russians calling it a wasteful "witch hunt".

Robert Mueller III is looking into Kushner's post-election meetings with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, and Sergey Gorkov, who is in charge of the Russian state-owned bank Vnesheconombank, according to a report by The Washington Post.

The Democratic National Committee said on Friday it saw a need for Rosenstein to recuse himself, but it said control over the investigation should be given to Mueller and not another Trump appointee.

Trump didn't immediately elaborate on the tweet, but it appears he is referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whose memo on fired FBI Director James Comey last month was initially used as justification for the termination. The two hour-long testimony saw Comey further informing that Trump had directed him to drop an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe against former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

It was not clear if Trump's comment was based on news reports or if the White House had been given official notice.

The website noted Trump also has been critical of recent stories in the media.

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

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