Trump warns Mueller not to probe into his finances

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 20, 2017

President Donald Trump casually accused former FBI Director James Comey of trying to hold dirt over his head in an interview with The New York Times.

In addition, Trump would not tell the Times under what circumstances he might order Mueller's termination - though he left open the possibility.

"I think that's a violation", Trump said. He noted that he actually interviewed Mr. Mueller to replace Mr. Comey just before his appointment as special counsel. "Talk about conflicts. But he was interviewing for the job".

"Look, this is about Russian Federation", he said.

Asked if Mr. Mueller's investigation would cross a red line if it expands to look at his family's finances beyond any relationship to Russia, Mr. Trump said, "I would say yes".

In the days following his firing, Comey handed over memos he made about his conversations with President Trump to a Columbia University law university friend, who then passed them along to reporters.

"I don't think we're under investigation", Trump said. When asked by the Times if he thought it was leverage, Trump responded, "Yeah, I think so". "I'm not under investigation".

Comey detailed all of his meetings with Trump in an opening statement ahead of his June testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, including their discussions about the dossier. "For what? I didn't do anything wrong".

It's quite the stunning allegation to accuse the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director of trying to intimidate the president of the United States, though Trump's feud with Comey has been nothing short of surreal thus far.

Trump further claimed Comey, "illegally leaked" and had a "conflict of interest".

The ex-FBI chief told lawmakers that he feared President Trump was trying to meddle with the agency's probe into Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election, as investigators sniffed around the Trump campaign to see if there were any hints of collusion.

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