Russian Federation inquiry: I'm under investigation

Rebecca Barbier
Junho 19, 2017

On Wednesday, anonymous sources told the Washington Post that special counsel Robert Mueller told Senate investigators in a confidential hearing that he was looking into Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

There has been growing concern among Trump and his allies that Mueller's past professional relationship with Comey is getting in the way of his investigation into Russia's interference of 2016 presidential election. "Witch Hunt", Trump wrote on Twitter.

Friday's tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses by the president over a report by The Washington Post that Mueller was looking into whether Trump obstructed justice.

Mr Comey told Congress last week he believed he was sacked by Mr Trump to undermine the agency's Russian Federation probe.

Comey also suggested another factor in his termination was his declining to lift what Trump, during private phone conversations, described as the "cloud" of the Russian Federation probe hanging over his presidency that was making it hard for him to govern.

In a statement, Feinstein said, "The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired". Several congressional committees are also investigating the Russian Federation matter.

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It appears Trump is referring to Rod Rosenstein, who set the stage for Comey's dismissal in a letter to Trump.

The Tweet, which seems to confirm that President Trump himself is under investigation, appears to reference Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as "the man" investigating him.

A Trump confidant said this week the president had considered firing Mueller.

But any involvement of Rosenstein - who himself only took over the probe after Sessions recused himself - is complicated by the fact that he authored the memo that Trump cited in terminating Comey. NPR's White House correspondent Tamara Keith reports.

In another early morning tweet, Trump said that despite months of investigation no proof has been presented of any collusion he may have had with the Kremlin. "Sad!" he wrote in one post. Vice President Mike Pence's office said on Thursday he had hired a lawyer known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations to help him with the Russian Federation probes.

Richard Cullen is a former Virginia attorney general and a former United States attorney for the eastern district of Virginia. The memo to former transition team members on Thursday also seeks specific information on five people, the Times reported. The Post said investigators had requested interviews with CIA Director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director. He also denied that he asked Comey to utter a loyalty pledge during a private Oval Office meeting before which he asked officials, including Sessions and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a top White House adviser, to leave the room.

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