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Trump Doubts Legality of Mueller Probe into Russia Collusion

© AP Photo / Evan VucciPresident Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington
President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump suggested Friday that former FBI chief Jame Comey’s decision to leak classified data illegally in order to prompt a special counsel probe into Russia meant that the appointment was made "based on an illegal act."

"James Comey illegally leaked classified documents to the press in order to generate a Special Council? Therefore, the Special Council was established based on an illegal act? Really, does everybody know what that means?" he tweeted.

READ MORE: Former FBI Chief Comey-Trump Memos Submitted to Congress by Justice Department

Former FBI Director James Comey arrives to testify during a US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC, June 8, 2017. - Sputnik International
Ex-FBI Chief Comey Says It's Not up to Trump to Put Him in Jail
The US Justice Department is reportedly probing memos containing sensitive information that Comey handed over to his friend, Daniel Richman, a former federal prosecutor. The documents helped form the rationale behind appointing special counsel Robert Mueller to investigate President Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia to win the 2016 election.

In May 2017, Trump fired Comey, publicly stating that it was due to dissatisfaction with Comey's performance. The New York Times reported shortly after the dismissal that Trump fired Comey for focusing too much on the probe into alleged Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election and not enough on leaks of classified information from executive branch officials to the press.

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