Report: Trump Transition Team Ordered To Preserve Russia-Related Materials
WASHINGTON, June 16 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump’s transition team has been ordered to preserve materials related to ongoing investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the New York Times reported on Friday, as Trump again assailed the probes.
Citing a memo from the general counsel’s office of Trump’s transition team, the Times said former members were given the order on Thursday for any information involving Russia or Ukraine in the latest sign of the investigations’ expanding reach.
The memo comes as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s office said he had hired a lawyer, known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations, to help him with the probes into the alleged Russian interference and possible ties to the Trump campaign.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional panels are investigating the Russia issue, which has cast a shadow over the early months of Trump’s presidency.
The Washington Post on Wednesday reported that Mueller is investigating the Republican president for possible obstruction of justice.
U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered in last year’s presidential campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump’s favor.
Moscow has denied any interference and the White House has denied any collusion. Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats cannot accept his election win.
Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month to represent him regarding probes by the special counsel and congressional committees, continued his harsh criticism of the investigations in series of tweets on Friday.
“After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my ‘collusion with the Russians,’ nobody has been able to show any proof. Sad!” he wrote in one post.
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