Trump says he's 'under investigation' over Comey firing

Ivan Schwartz
June 17, 2017

The President tweeted on Friday morning that he was "being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!". Earlier this week, the Washington Post broke news that special counsel Robert Mueller had recently expanded the independent investigation to personally examine whether Trump had attempted to obstruct justice by dismissing Comey last month.

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is also investigating the ties between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, said she was "increasingly concerned" Trump would try to fire not only Mueller, but also the man who appointed him, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Fake NewsFox News have confirmed that this was all Rosenstein's shade to catch:Rosenstein's May memo critical of ex-FBI Director James Comey's performance was among the reasons cited by Trump and others in Comey's firing. Trump later said he had planned to fire Comey regardless of what recommendation he received from Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. Comey told a Senate committee last week that those conversations convinced him that the president was attempting to pressure him into pledging fealty and easing up on a probe into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn. The President later indicated, however that he had chose to fire Mr Comey with or without approval from the Justice Department, and said in a nationally televised interview that the Russian Federation probe was part of his rationale for the sacking.

Hours after Mr Trump's tweet, a source close to his outside legal team said the President did not intend his tweet to be confirmation of the investigation but rather was a reaction to a Washington Post story about the probe from Wednesday (local time).

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.

In a statement many have described as "odd", Rosenstein warned the US public to "exercise caution" before trusting media reports citing anonymous officials, despite the fact that the Trump administration continues to use them in official statements to the media.

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The FBI and Congress are both looking at whether Trump campaign officials colluded with the alleged Kremlin plot.

President Donald Trump has appeared to acknowledge he is under investigation in the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the United States election. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff.

The order from the general counsel for the transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Mr Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government.

Trump has lashed out on Twitter repeatedly, calling the reports of obstruction of justice "phony" and railing against what he called "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history".

Trump's tweets have recently looked an bad lot like what a reporter said were GOP talking points meant to combat the Post's report.

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