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Trump acknowledges he is under investigation in Russian Federation probe

18 June 2017, 02:52 | Cesar Cruz

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein faced a public attack by President Donald Trump on Friday over the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, but the Department of Justice says Rosenstein is not preparing to recuse himself as has been suggested in reports.

When Trump fired Comey, the White House initially tied the decision to a memo written by Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussing what they described as "serious mistakes" he made in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails.

But some outlets pointed out the statement was released after both The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice.

In a series of statements on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Trump repeated his claim that the investigation is based on the "phony" premise of possible collusion between Russian Federation and Trump campaign associates.

The Trump White House has been subject to numerous embarrassing leaks since the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, said she is becoming "increasingly concerned" that Trump will terminate both Mueller and Rosenstein.

He has tweeted four times Friday morning, also lashing out at the news media and insisting that economy is doing well "despite the phony Witch Hunt" he spent some of Thursday decrying on Twitter as well.

But Robert Mueller has been appointed special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The move ordered Thursday by the transition's general counsel cast a wide net on documents tied to the Russian Federation investigation as well as inquiries into the activities of Trump associates.

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy White House press secretary, has to answer for his dumbass tweets, and CNN notes that she's referring inquiries into his tweets to his private attorney, Marc Kasowitz. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the laywer's internal order sent Thursday. "Sad!" Trump said in his first tweet of the day.

In recent weeks, there has been a lot of reporting that Trump has grown frustrated that there is a "Russia cloud" hovering over his presidency and wants to find a way to remove it. Trump posted. "Witch Hunt".

ABC News reported Friday that sources within the Department of Justice said Rosenstein had acknowleged that he could have to recuse himself in a meeting with colleagues.

Since Rosenstein recommended the firing, he could be a witness in the case and ethically obligated to recuse himself.

Comey testified it would be up to Mueller to decide whether Trump's action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

"I think Rod's going to be able to handle whatever position he's put in and do what the job calls for".

The president tweeted Friday, "The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people!" Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.

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