Mueller Probing Ukrainian Billionaire's Payment To Trump Charity

Mueller Probing Ukrainian Billionaire's Payment To Trump Charity

President Donald Trump has lashed out against special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, branding it "an attack on our country" and exhibiting mounting concern about the yearlong probe after federal authorities raided the offices of his personal attorney.

Trump's attorney, Michael Cohen-whose office and residence were raided on Monday-"solicited the payment", the New York Times reports.

The president didn't bat away the idea of firing Mueller, saying people have advised him to take that action: "Why don't I just fire Mueller?" Trump asked in response to a reporter's question.

"They continue to just go forward and here we are talking about Syria, we're talking about a lot of serious things ... and I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now".

"We'll see what happens", he said Monday. "Many people have said 'you should fire him.'" Firing Mueller could kick off a constitutional crisis in the U.S., and would spark hundreds of pre-planned protests across the country.

Trump also accused Mueller's investigators of being "the most biased group of people [with] the biggest conflicts of interest" and said Attorney General Jeff Sessions "made a bad mistake for the country" when he recused himself from overseeing the Russian Federation investigation past year.

Mueller's interest in Pinchuk's donation underscores the continuously expanding scope of his investigation into possible collusion between Trump's campaign and foreign entities.

Trump's comments renewed Democrats' concerns that he will fire Mueller before the probe is finished.

Trump responded to Monday's raid by railing against the special counsel's investigation. The special counsel is also examining whether administration officials used their influence within the White House to benefit their personal finances.

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Trump's comments came shortly after the Federal Bureau of Investigation reportedly raided the office and hotel room of his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, on Monday afternoon.

But Special Counsel Robert Mueller is not investigating The Clintons.

Unless somebody delivers a coup de grâce to this disgraceful coup attempt, Mueller's machinations against Trump could drag on for a long time.

"We have been in contact with federal authorities regarding their execution of a warrant relating to Mr. Cohen", the firm said.

If the Donald ever had any inclination to fire Robert Mueller, now is the time.

FBI agents seized documents using several warrants after the case was referred in part by Mueller to NY federal prosecutors, Cohen attorney Stephen Ryan wrote in an email. Ryan called the raids "completely inappropriate and unnecessary" and said they led to the "unnecessary seizure" of documents protected by attorney-client privilege.

Pinchuk is more widely known for his ties to Hillary Clinton and her namesake foundation, which he has donated more than $13 million to since 2006.The conference that he paid Trump to record a speech for focused on developing better ties between Ukraine, the USA and the European Union.

Mueller reports to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed the special counsel a year ago after the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Trump's firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

There have been few signs that Mueller was interested in investigating the payment, though.

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