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"No Collusion, No Crime", Trump Says Of Russia Investigation

12 Janvier 2018

For some time, the president's legal team has been discussing options for responding to this potential request from the special counsel, including the possibility of providing written responses in the form of a questionnaire.

"The Trump family has had longstanding real estate and licensing dealings with questionable business associates, some of them Russian and some of them not, as I and reporters like the late Wayne Barrett have written about for years". It is highly unlikely to come to anything, accompanied as it was with the acknowledgement that "it is not meant to be an allegation of a crime".

In a July interview with the New York Times, Trump said: "Well, Sessions should have never recused himself, and if he was going to recuse himself, he should have told me before he took the job, and I would have picked somebody else".

Trump's lawyers said at first that he was not involved in and did not know about the meeting.

"And in theory, everybody tells me I'm not under investigation". Mr Nunes, it is believed, was one of those who sent the staffers to see Mr Steele last Summer without telling the Democrats in the Committee.

Trump's firing of Comey on May 9 would be a central element in any obstruction charge, with the president's various explanations part of the evidence. The Justice Department flatly denies this account.

The Trump son later acknowledged he was enticed to the meeting by a promise that Veselnitskaya would deliver damaging information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. He wants to have a show prosecution, an investigation where he's in control.

But Justice Department veterans were skeptical that Mueller, who headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation director for 12 years, would agree to anything but a formal sit-down with the president.

"Jeff Sessions is not able to take the reins and direct that investigation".

The US intelligence community has already concluded that Moscow tried to sway the presidential election in favour of Mr Trump, though Russian Federation denies this.

Likely the most significant one: Trump ordered his White House Counsel, Don McGahn, to personally lobby Sessions to retain oversight of the probe, two people familiar with the matter told the Times.

Mr Trump has repeatedly railed against Mr Rosenstein. But Trump's insistence on personal loyalty bolsters Comey's claim that Trump demanded the same of him.

Cuomo also asked Starr, who was criticized for the extent of his investigation of Clinton, whether Mueller is overstepping his authority with his investigation. Sessions apparently wanted one negative story a day on Comey in the media.

The day after that, May 11, Trump again linked the firing to the Russian Federation investigation, telling NBC's Lester Holt during an interview, "In fact, when I chose to do it [fire Comey], I said to myself - I said, you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story..."