Trump's lawyer calls for Russian Federation probe to be shut down

Trump's lawyer calls for Russian Federation probe to be shut down

Attorney John Dowd said in a statement that the investigation, now led by special counsel Robert Mueller, was fatally flawed early on and "corrupted" by political bias. He cited in particular President Donald Trump's attacks on McCabe on Twitter and the White House press secretary's comments about him on Thursday - which he said were "quite clearly created to put inappropriate pressure on the Attorney General to act accordingly".

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein should shut down the investigation into alleged collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's campaign.

"After publication of this story, however, Dowd emailed to say he was actually speaking in his personal capacity, and not on the president's behalf", noted the Daily Beast's Betsy Woodruff. But he stopped short of echoing Dowd's call for an end to the Mueller probe.

"As the House Intelligence Committee has concluded, there was no collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump Campaign", he tweeted.

But he added that "as many are now finding out", there was "tremendous leaking, lying and corruption" from the top ranks of the FBI, Department of Justice, and State Department. Asked if he had "ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation" or whether he had "ever authorized someone else at the FBI to be an anonymous source in news reports about the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation", Comey replied "never" and "no".

The Justice Department said an internal investigation found McCabe had made unauthorized disclosures to the media, and was not honest "on multiple occasions" with the the DOJ's inspector general.

Trump's lawyers and spokesmen have long pledged that he and his White House staff would cooperate fully with Mueller's probe. Provided that McCabe was a possible witness in Mueller's investigation, his firing will undoubtedly be interpreted by the Special Counsel as a classic case of witness tampering.

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"Articles too numerous to count have leveled every sort of false, defamatory and degrading allegation against us", he said."The President's tweets have amplified and exacerbated it all".

Republicans and Democrats in Congress have warned Trump of stark repercussions if he moves to dismiss Mueller.

Comey's No. 2, Andrew McCabe, was sacked late Friday by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Trump's repeated public references to McCabe, in tweets and public statements subsequently, has helped feed suspicion among an ultra-conservative wing of House Republicans that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was biased against the Trump administration. "Their persistence in this campaign only highlights the importance of the Special Counsel's work".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who often is at odds with Trump, fired McCabe amid a review of the FBI's investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server while she was secretary of state. Notably absent was a statement from Comey, McCabe's former boss, though Comey did say after McCabe stepped down as deputy director that his second-in-command "stood tall over the last 8 months, when small people were trying to tear down an institution we all depend on".

His dismissal, just days before he was set to retire, puts his full pension and benefits package in jeopardy and is seen as an inglorious end to a career of nearly 22 years with the bureau. "My statement is clear".

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