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Trump Confirms He's Under Investigation Over Comey Firing

Parmenio Sano | 18 Giugno, 2017, 03:16

The president did not immediately clarify the tweet, which likely refers to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, but could also refer to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the larger investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between Trump's campaign and the Kremlin.

He fires a number of other tweets taking aim at the media and at the investigation.

- "Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great".

Although White House officials tried earlier this week to tamp down speculation that Trump might try to fire Mueller, the escalating conflict led members of Congress of both parties to warn Trump Thursday against the temptation to do so. Susan Collins of ME told reporters.

The probe Mueller "marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin", The Washington Post reported yesterday.

Trump has said he is "100 per cent" willing to testify under oath on Comey meetings and tell the FBI Special Consul Robert Muller that he never asked FBI to stop investigating.

Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation last month, testified to lawmakers Tuesday that he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller and that he is confident that Mueller will have "the full independence he needs" to investigate thoroughly.

Trump's young presidency has been battered by allegations - under investigation both by Congress and the FBI - that Russian Federation interfered to sway the November election in his favor.


Tensions escalated with Mueller's latest moves.

After the firestorm caused by Comey's firing, Rosenstein appointed Mueller, Comey's predecessor as FBI director, to take over the DOJ Russia investigation. The newspaper noted Mr Mueller had requested interviews with CIA director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.

But for those of us who wish him out of office, this might be his best use of 140 characters. "It will be a closed hearing", Adam Schiff of California, the panel's top Democrat, told reporters. A spokesman for Trump's personal attorney had strong words in response to the news. "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", he said.

The Mueller investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials. Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win. "Nice", Mr Trump wrote on Twitter earlier, later repeating his accusation the probe was a "witch hunt".

Until now, the White House has been essentially silent on whether Trump was actually a target of a federal investigation.

The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking.

"Today the President of the United States confirmed he's under criminal investigation".

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