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Trump confirms he's under investigation

Parmenio Sano | 18 Giugno, 2017, 01:15

In an early-morning tweet, the President declared that he was "being investigated" for his decision to fire James B. Comey, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director. When Trump fired Comey, the White House initially tied the decision to a memo written by Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussing what they described as "serious mistakes" he made in the investigation into Hillary Clinton's emails. He said this week he had not found reason to do so - making the statement in the days after Trump's friends raised the possibility that the president himself was thinking of "terminating" Mueller. Trump himself took aim Friday at the senior Justice Department official responsible for appointing Mueller, accusing him on Twitter of leading a "Witch Hunt". The questions included whether he had confidence in Rosenstein, whether he plans to fire special counsel Robert Mueller and how he knows he's under investigation by the FBI. The other is this: The president has reportedly spent a good deal of time in recent weeks berating Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe.

In an interview with NBC's Lester Holt on May 11, Trump said he was "going to fire [Comey] regardless of recommendation" from Rosenstein and Sessions.

"Mueller is absolutely not compromised by his professional relationship with Comey", said Richard Painter, the White House ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush.

Ian Prior, a Justice Department spokesman, said that Rosenstein "has said numerous times, if there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will".

President Donald Trump acknowledged on Friday he is under investigation in a probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign - and seemed to assail the Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry. When it was revealed that Comey had kept detailed memos on his interactions with the president, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel.

Yet Trump's angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active probe. He's increasingly focused his anger at both Rosenstein and Mueller, according to advisers and confidants, viewing the two as part of a biased effort to undermine his presidency. "Witch Hunt", he wrote. "I recognize the importance of these questions, and I think that Director Mueller ought to review that and make a determination of whether or not he believes it is within the scope of his investigation".


The department would not comment on the record on whether Trump, who has repeatedly complained about leaks on the case, requested the statement.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Marc Kasowitz, Trump's personal attorney handling Russian Federation probe matters, didn't respond to a request for comment.

Vice president Mike Pence, who headed the Trump transition until Inauguration Day, has also hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe a nd Mr Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen has retained a brief to represent him. Senator John Cornyn of Texas, the No. 2 Senate Republican, told reporters Thursday that Rosenstein shouldn't recuse himself.

Mueller investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials.

Coats met behind closed doors for more than three hours Thursday with the Senate intelligence committee, which is conducting a separate investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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