Mueller reportedly targets Trump's tweets in obstruction probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller right departing after a briefing with senators on his investigation

Special counsel Robert Mueller right departing after a briefing with senators on his investigation

Somewhere on the long list of reasons that Donald Trump is president is his early embrace of Twitter.

Trump's lawyers say that the actions Mueller is investigating on the obstruction front were well within Trump's executive authority.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team is eyeballing derogatory tweets and negative statements made by President Trump about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and fired Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey as part into his probe into Russian election meddling, a new report said Thursday.

The special counsel's investigators have also learned that Mr. Trump wanted Mr. Sessions to resign at varying points in May and July 2017 so he could replace him with a loyalist to oversee the Russian Federation investigation.

He also repeatedly took aim at Comey after sacking him last May, including what has been perceived to be threats to jail him. According to CNN, special counsel spokesman Peter Carr confirmed that it is Mueller waiting at the gate.

Giuliani said Trump's team wants an interview basically limited to questions involving alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation in the 2016 election, arguing that no "legal basis" exists for Trump to be questioned about obstruction.

"Donald Trump Jr. has been professional and responsible throughout the Mueller and Congressional investigations", Trump Organization lawyer Alan Futerfas said in a statement.

His personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told the New York Times: "If you're going to obstruct justice, you do it quietly and secretly, not in public". "That's why a prosecutor wants more pieces of evidence".

In his statements on Twitter and elsewhere, Trump has not been shy about his disdain for Comey, whom he fired and has clashed with publicly for more than a year, and disappointment with Sessions, whose recusal from campaign-related matters paved the way for Mueller's eventual appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

One hurdle, according to the Times, is the need to prove criminal intent.

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