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Donald Trump confirms he's under investigation

Donald Trump confirms he's under investigation

On Twitter Friday, the president appeared to confirm he is under investigation for his firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Shortly thereafter, he followed that up with another tweet, in which he returned to one of his main themes regarding the ongoing probe: "You are witnessing the single greatest witch hunt in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people".

But then Rosenstein made the surprise move to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the Russian Federation investigation, a development that people close to Sessions and Trump believe has worsened matters for everyone involved.

A representative for Trump's lawyer promptly reacted to the allegation. The FBI is also looking into the financial activity of Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, and Carter Page, the Post says, and all of them have been cut loose from team Trump.

But as the legal rope has tightened, his allies have gone on the offensive, questioning the credibility of the special investigator Mueller, a respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who served under Republican president George W. Bush. The President later indicated, however that he had made a decision 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. He said the president "sought my advice and input" on Comey's firing. This latest blast nearly suggests that Rosenstein told Trump to fire Comey because of Russian Federation, not because of the prior Clinton investigation debacle.

The deputy attorney general encountered controversy last month when the White House credited a memo he wrote as a primary reason Mr Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey.

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The Washington Post report suggests that scrutiny has been folded into the special counsel office and includes Kushner's business dealings, though it offers no details on what that scrutiny is.

The Democratic National Committee said on Friday it saw a need for Rosenstein to recuse himself, but it said control over the investigation should be given to Mueller and not another Trump appointee.

It was not clear if Trump's comment was based on news reports or if the White House had been given official notice.

"The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people!"

Mr Trump - who has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation - said the move was the latest action in a "phony story".

The first is into whether anyone on Trump's campaign or associated with it, with him or with any of his businesses, may have had any illegal dealings with Russian officials or others with ties to the Kremlin.


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