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Trump confirms he's under investigation, lashes out at deputy attorney general

Parmenio Sano | 19 Giugno, 2017, 06:18

Donald Trump has revealed that he is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice over his decision to fire the FBI Director, James Comey, who was leading an inquest into the possible collusion between his election campaign and Russia's alleged effort to interfere with the 2016 election.

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" The tweet was not confirmation that the president or his attorney has been informed by the Department of Justice or Mueller that Trump is the subject of an investigation.

Mr Rosenstein took over the investigation into whether Russian Federation tried to tip the United States election in favour of Mr Trump after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March.

According to the Independent, recent news reports have suggested that Trump sought all three officials' help in putting FBI Director, James Comey, under pressure to drop his investigation into Mr. Flynn - National Security Advisor who has possible ties to the Kremlin.

"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", Feinstein said. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.

Five different sources, USA officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence; Adm. Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency; and Rogers' recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators as early as this week.

Comey testified it would be up to Mueller to decide whether Trump's action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

Mueller is investigating Russian interference in US elections and possible Russian ties to the Trump campaign.

"There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation", he told on CBS' "Face the Nation" programme.

California Rep. Adam Schiff says it's clear that Trump "believes that he has the power to fire anyone in government he chooses and for any reason". His tweet about a "WITCH HUNT" conducted by "bad" people is just a Trumpian version of what appears to be the official White House line - that this is somehow a partisan attempt to delegitimize the Trump presidency.


Why is Mr Trump being investigated?

"I was honestly concerned that he might lie about the nature of our meeting, and so I thought it really important to document", Comey said.

Painter, meanwhile, explained to The News Friday that Trump's latest tweet also signals he is trying to lay the groundwork for a case to have Rosenstein recuse himself - which would further complicate, or delay the progress of, any potential case against him.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the deputy White House press secretary, referred questions about Trump's tweet to the President's private attorney, Marc Kasowitz.

U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered in last year's presidential campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.

It shows why everyone inside the White House wants this jackass to stay off Twitter.

A Justice official said Rosenstein was motivated in part because of frustration that recent news stories have unfairly brought on a torrent of "leak" accusations against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller's team. Questioning veracity of the Washington Post story, Sekulow asserted that the President could not be under investigation for doing something that the Department of Justice asked him to do.

The Obama administration and the intelligence community conflated the real threat of Russian interference in the American electoral process with the false narrative of Trump-campaign collusion in the interference.

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.

Trump's tweets came after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.

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