Earlier on Thursday, Mr Trump tweeted that a new report suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller may investigate him for possible obstruction of justice after he sacked Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey is a "phony story". But Comey's comments were referring to conversations he had with the president before he was sacked, and before Mr. Trump made remarks including that he was thinking of the "made-up" story about ties to Russian Federation when he fired Comey.
Interestingly, in his first statement on The Post's scoop, Trump did not deny the report.
President Trump dismissed a potential obstruction of justice investigation into his conduct, calling allegations of collusion between him, his campaign or people associated with him and Russian Federation a "phony story".
"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Marc Corallo, a spokesman for Trump lawyer Marc Kasowitz told CBS News Wednesday night. Former FBI head Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel a day after a report stemming from the notes was published. The Trump administration is being investigated over its relationship with Moscow prior to the 2016 election.
Shortly after Trump fired Comey, a Justice Department official tapped Mueller to take up the investigation as a special counsel.
The New York Times filed a lawsuit against the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act Friday, demanding that the Bureau furnish records and memos that former Director James Comey generated memorializing conversations with President Donald Trump.
Comey said he typed notes describing the conversations because he was anxious Trump "might lie" later about them. In one of those tweets he said that he was being investigated for obstruction because the investigators could not prove that he had colluded with Russians on the election. Trump has disputed both claims, saying flatly that he never asked Comey to drop the Flynn probe.
Mueller's investigative team has expanded in recent weeks. Reporter Tony Mauro noted the addition of Dreeben may signal that "Mueller may be seeking advice on complex areas of criminal law, including what constitutes obstruction of justice".