Trump acknowledges for first time he's under investigation

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19 June, 2017

In a subsequent tweet, Trump also appeared to take a swipe at Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein when he said, "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

Trump's digital volley appeared to be trained at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who recommended the firing last month of James Comey - an nearly unprecedented move that could yet imperil Trump's presidency.

Before his dismissal, Comey confirmed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had been investigating alleged Russian government efforts to interfere in the election, including any links between Trump's campaign and Moscow. "Witch Hunt", Mr Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday, referring to his May 9 dismissal of Mr James Comey.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Mueller was investigating if Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey.

Tensions are building inside the Justice Department as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein contemplates whether he will become a witness in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 USA elections.

Still, the snowballing investigation has deeply angered Trump, who denies he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation.

No longer out of bounds: Trump allies question Mueller probe
And since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, Rosenstein is acting in that capacity. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, however, who would be the one doing the firing, put the rumors to bed Tuesday.

Rosenstein submitted a widely circulated memo to the president last month raising concerns over Comey's performance, but Trump later asserted that he had already made the decision himself to fire Comey.

The White House has directed questions to outside legal counsel, which has not responded.

"Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm", he wrote Sunday, also pointing to his successful nomination of conservative justice Neil Gorsuch to the top U.S. court.

In a second tweet, Trump touted his "powerful" presence on social media, despite widespread criticism that his recurring rants on Twitter and other online media have only compounded his legal and political problems. He testified that, about three months before his firing, Trump pressed him to drop the investigation of Flynn by saying he hoped Comey could let it go.

President Donald Trump continued a campaign on Twitter on Friday against the investigations into possible links between his campaign and Russian Federation.

"President Trump has started the clock on the Rosenstein firing watch", said Evan Siegfried, a GOP strategist. During an interview with NBC two days later, Trump said he fired Comey because "this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story". He is also said to blurt out "I'm not under investigation" in conversation with staffers and associates. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said on ABC's "This Week" that the panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House on whether recordings exist.


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