White House Responds to Bombshell NYT Trump-Russia Report: 'This Is Absurd'

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump dance at the Freedom Ball in Washington DC

President Donald said in a TV interview Sunday he would not intervene if Matthew Whitaker, his acting US AG, moved to curtail Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.

Mr. Whitaker took over supervision of Mr. Mueller's investigation on 7 November after President Trump appointed him as the chief U.S. law enforcement official to replace Jeff Sessions, who the president ousted.

In a strongly worded reaction, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said, "This is absurd".

"James Comey was sacked because he's a disgraced partisan hack, and his Deputy Andrew McCabe, who was in charge at the time, is a known liar fired by the Federal Bureau of Investigation", said the White House press secretary, Sarah Sanders, said in a statement.

The Times reports that FBI agents and some top officials became suspicious of Trump's ties to Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential campaign but didn't launch an investigation at that time because they weren't sure how to approach such a sensitive and important probe, according to the sources.

"The investigation the F.B.I. opened into Mr. Trump also had a criminal aspect, which has always been publicly known: whether his firing of Mr. Comey constituted obstruction of justice". "Not only would it be an issue of obstructing an investigation, but the obstruction itself would hurt our ability to figure out what the Russians had done, and that is what would be the threat to national security", said former FBI general counsel James A. Baker, who testified before the House in October 2018.

They say Trump directed his personal lawyer Michael Cohen to make illegal hush-money payments to two women as a way to quash potential sex scandals during the campaign. Trump also plays a central role in a separate case in NY, where prosecutors have implicated him in a crime. Now the conversation is about what Manafort did WHILE he was serving as the top official of Trump's campaign.

Whether Mueller is still probing the counterintelligence aspect of that inquiry remains unclear.

When Mueller ends his investigation, he will send a report on his findings to the Justice Department.

Mueller's final report can be finished within months and Giuliani is hoping he can use executive privilege to get his hands on it before the public.

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