July 23, 2017

'Witch Hunt': Trump confirms he is being investigated over Comey firing

20 June 2017, 12:49 | Guillermo Sutton

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Trump Blasts Reports That He's Under Investigation

President Donald Trump confirmed Friday, June 16, 2017, he was under investigation and appeared to t.

But a source close to the President told CNN's Jim Acosta that Trump has been advised to avoid such a dramatic move.

Trump's young presidency has been battered by allegations - under investigation both by Congress and the FBI - that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favor, in possible collusion with Trump's campaign team. He lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration with the unrelenting controversy that has consumed his early presidency.

Mueller, who served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director for 12 years, was tapped to head the probe by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who penned a memo justifying Comey's termination.

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" the USA president tweeted. In that case, Rosenstein could be called as a witness.

Trump has taken to Twitter to address the news that he is now under investigation. But we do know the special counsel investigating the Russian attempt to influence the election has them. Trump cited the memo in firing Comey. Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation". They have tried to highlight the positive reviews he received Wednesday when he made a statesman-like appearance in the White House to address the nation after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice.

Following Comey's testimony, Trump tweeted his thoughts on Comey.

Also unclear was whether the president's comment confirming he was under investigation was based on direct knowledge or media reports that Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey last month. Trump constantly blasts "fake news", while Rosenstein issued a warning about anonymous sourcing.

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The special counsel is following two major lines of investigation, said one source.

Trump is under increasing pressure on the Russian Federation probe.

Rosenstein generated a lot of buzz but little clarity Thursday night with a statement urging Americans to "exercise caution" when evaluating stories attributed to anonymous officials.

The transition official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss post-election decisions publicly.

Meanwhile, Mueller has sought interviews with three Trump administration officials who weren't involved in Trump's campaign. Because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe, it was Rosenstein who appointed Mueller to the job. "I can go around them". An official of Trump's transition confirmed the laywer's internal order sent Thursday. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff.

The Post reports that Daniel Coats, the director of national intelligence, and Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA), have agreed to be questioned by Mueller's team.

As the legal rope has tightened, Trump's allies have gone on the offensive, questioning Mueller's credibility and floating the idea he may be fired. Pence headed the Trump transition until Inauguration Day.

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