Trump tweets of witch hunt amid Russian Federation probe, bashes Hillary Clinton

Accusations of obstruction arose last month when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

"Coons's comment came hours after Trump called the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible ties between his campaign staff and Russian Federation the "single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history". Rosenstein, the official who would be responsible for dismissing Mueller, told U.S. lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause. Although USA Today also noted that the tweet came shortly after a Washington Post report that Mueller's team is also investigating Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner's business dealings. Still, the snowballing investigation has deeply angered Trump, who denies he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation. Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit - including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich - have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal.

The morning missive appeared to refer to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer, responded Wednesday evening to the Post report by saying: "The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

The memo sent Thursday asks for records related to foreign travel, contacts with Russian "officials, agents or nationals" and background investigations into the top Trump associates now targeted by Mueller's probe.

The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent wasn't getting the same scrutiny.

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!"

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In a sign of the newfound seriousness of Mueller's investigation, Vice President Mike Pence's office confirmed that he has hired an attorney to deal with the special counsel investigation.

Mueller's investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials.

The Senate judiciary committee does plan to investigate whether there was any interference with the FBI investigations, and the panel's chairman, Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, has not ruled out investigating obstruction of justice as part of the probe.

Recent reports have said Trump also requested help from Coats and Rogers to pressure Comey to end the investigation into Flynn's activities. But he had said last week he felt vindicated by Comey's testimony on June 8 that he was not the subject of investigation while Comey was heading the agency. Comey told Congress last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.

Adam Schiff says it's clear that Trump "believes that he has the power to fire anyone in government he chooses and for any reason".

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