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Trump says he is under investigation for firing James Comey

Parmenio Sano | 19 Giugno, 2017, 05:04

It was unclear whether the president's comment confirming he was under investigation was based on direct knowledge or media reports by NBC News and others that Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel appointed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, is actively investigating the finances and business dealings of President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, according to multiple US officials familiar with the matter.

As the investigation expands, that raises the possibility that Rosenstein may recuse himself from that role, since he wrote the memo justifying Comey's firing.

The focus on Rosenstein sharpened Friday because the President attacked the deputy attorney general in a tweet, blaming him for what he terms a "witch hunt".

Mr Rosenstein took over the investigation into whether Russian Federation tried to tip the U.S. election in favour of Mr Trump after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March. The White House initially claimed that Rosenstein's memo contributed to Trump's decision to fire Comey. ABC reported he was considering recusal, but the DOJ pushed back against the report.


In another indication of the seriousness of the probe, Michael Cohen, a personal attorney to Trump, said he has retained attorney Stephen Ryan, a former assistant USA attorney, to represent him in the ongoing probes. 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. But Rosenstein is not supposed to be involved in the day-to-day operations, and he testified at a Senate hearing earlier this week that he had not spoken with Mueller since he appointed him as special counsel on May 17.

Mr Trump is an avid user of Twitter, with more than 32 million followers on his personal account and over 18 million on the official presidential account.

The new reports say money laundering probes by Mueller involve Paul Manaforte, Trump's former campaign manager, Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and Michael Flynn, Trump's fired national security adviser.

Mr Comey said he was "sure" Mr Mueller was looking at whether Mr Trump had obstructed justice, but added that to his knowledge, the president had not tried to impede the Russian Federation inquiry. And, of course, there was the president's tweet about being under investigation.

Sekulow, American Center for Law and Justice's chief counsel, tried to downplay the content of the tweet and defended Trump's firing of Comey as a constitutional act. White House officials had no case ready for the dismissal of Comey and received heavy criticism for the conflicting explanations about his departure. Trump conceded in an interview after the episode that he was thinking about the Russian Federation controversy when he made that decision.

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