US president suggests Mueller is behind Russia probe leaks

Trump's team has attempted to discredit the investigation led by Robert Mueller and soften the impact of the special

Trump's team has attempted to discredit the investigation led by Robert Mueller and soften the impact of the special

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russian Federation to interfere in the 2016 election (and related matters) cost the government more than $16.7 million over its first 10.5 months, according to figures released by the Justice Department on Thursday.

Trump's lawyers had argued in the January letter that the president could not have obstructed the probe given the powers granted to him by the US Constitution, the Times report said. But because current Justice Department policy states that a sitting president can not be indicted, Mueller is said to be preparing a report of his findings that he will eventually submit to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein. "If four of them are completely innocent and one of them is your assumption that it's a guilty motive, which (Trump) would deny, you can't possibly prosecute him". The president added that the investigation should focus on Democrat corruption. That same day, Trump says he is "looking forward" to the interview.

Trump weighed in on Saturday on Twitter, asking "Is the Special Counsel/Justice Department leaking my lawyers letters to the Fake News Media?" At least 20 White House staffers "voluntarily" gave interviews to Mueller's team.

In multiple letters sent to the special counsel, Trump's legal team has laid out its response to issues it thought the special counsel was examining in 2017 and 2018, CNN has reported. The letter throws a wrench into discussions with Mueller's team, stalling talks until early March.

Trump has publicly said he would sit down with Mueller if he's treated fairly, despite concerns from some people close to the President that such an interview could expose him to possible charges of perjury. Mueller also tells Trump's team that the President is a subject of the probe, according to The Washington Post. It didn't point toward Mueller's office. His team raised the possibility in March of subpoenaing the president but it is not clear if it is still under active consideration. The resignation of the President's lead lawyer comes amid growing disagreements with Trump and increasing attacks by the President against the special counsel.

Topics of Mueller's obstruction investigation include the firings of FBI director James Comey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, as well as Trump's reaction to Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from the Russian Federation investigation.

Nearly immediately, Trump took a dig at special counsel and the Justice Department. On the same day, the Federal Bureau of Investigation raids the home and office of Michael Cohen, Trump's longtime personal attorney.

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In addition, other Justice Department "components" spent US$5.476 million on activities supporting the investigation, the department said in a published report.

The memo further argued that the president can terminate any investigation without obstructing justice. The questions also touch on Trump's interactions with Sessions, Cohen, son-in-law Jared Kushner and longtime ally Roger Stone.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, right, accompanied by White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley, left, arrives for the daily press briefing at the White House, Monday in Washington. Emmet Flood, who represented President Bill Clinton during his impeachment process, is joining the team.

David Sklansky, who teaches criminal law at Stanford, told us it is simply not accurate for the president to claim that the appointment of Mueller was unconstitutional.

He also suggested the President can't "demean the Office of the President" any more than he already has, referencing a string of controversies including the Stormy Daniels scandal, his allegedly mocking a reporter's physical disability during his campaign, and referring to third-world nations as "sh*thole countries".

Hannity said that his own sources - which he did not identify - told him that "The New York Times is full of crap".

Trump was poised to tap diGenova and his wife, Victoria Toensing, to represent him in the Russian Federation probe, but the couple withdrew from consideration in March, citing conflicts of interest because Toensing represents another witness in the Russian Federation probe.

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