Tweeting Trump attacks campaign probe 'witch hunt'

Moscow has denied US intelligence agencies' conclusion that it interfered in last year's election campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favor.

Earlier today, Trump spoke in Miami to announce the rollback of President Obama's relaxed trade and travel policies toward Cuba.

U.S. national intelligence director Daniel Coats, National Security Agency chief Mike Rogers, and Richard Ledgett, who recently quit as NSA deputy director, have agreed to speak to investigators, the Post reported. "Witch Hunt", the president said on Twitter.

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

Trump and his White House have offered various explanations for Comey's abrupt ouster, including that he lost the confidence of the bureau's rank and file - a suggestion flatly dismissed by acting director Andrew McCabe.

U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out Friday over the investigation into his "collusion with the Russians" saying the lack of any proof of alleged connections is "sad!"

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller on May 17, testified on Tuesday that he would not fire the special counsel without "good cause".

Collins said she thought it was unlikely that Trump would fire Rosenstein in order to remove Mueller, describing the move as "extremely unwise". In one memo, Comey said Trump tried to direct him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Republicans divided as Trump reverses some Obama Cuba policy
Cheered by Cuba hardliners in both parties, Trump's new policy is broadly opposed by US businesses eager to invest in Cuba. Cuban state TV said: "The government of Cuba denounces the new measures toughening the embargo that are destined to fail".

Aides have counseled the president to stay off Twitter and focus on other aspects of his job.

A spokesman for Trump's private attorney declined to respond to details of the widening probe Wednesday, instead slamming the leaked information as "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal". Even if the president finds this confusing, someone from Trump World has probably told him that going after the special counsel, as some of his allies have recommended, would put his presidency in even more severe jeopardy.

It is the most significant sign that Mueller's investigation is extending beyond questions of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The warning came seemingly out of nowhere, and did not gesture toward any report in particular.

"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", Rosenstein said.

It bears repeating that only Mueller and his team know the exact contours of an investigation.

Political observers are now pointing to staffing decisions Mueller has made as possibly showing a bias on the part of the special counsel. The following day, the White House leaked classified material to the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, in a bid to turn the panel's Russian Federation probe into an investigation of illicit surveillance by the Obama administration.

Rosenstein, the former USA attorney in Maryland, was forced to take over supervision of the Russian Federation investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight of the probe given his own role in Comey's firing.

Trump hammered off a second tweet Thursday, again calling the investigation a "WITCH HUNT". But Trump certainly has one thing right: His presidency is imperiled so long as Mueller compels witnesses to testify, accumulates written evidence and traces the myriad of ties between the Trump team and Russians. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday. "You don't walk in to any hearing or committee meeting and reveal confidential communications with the president of the United States, who is entitled to receive confidential communications and your best judgment about a host of issues".

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