Trump confirms he's under investigation over ex-FBI director Comey's firing

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Giugno 19, 2017

Special counsel Robert Mueller is probing the business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trumps son-in-law and adviser, as part of the investigation into Russias interference in the 2016 presidential election, the media reported.

The president wrote on Twitter: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

"Witch hunt' is how Trump characterizes the probe into Russia's election interference and possible ties to his campaign associates".

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein submitted a widely circulated memo to the president last month raising concerns over Mr Comey's performance, but Mr Trump later said he had already made the decision to fire Mr Comey. An official confirmed to Fox News that Trump was referring to Rosenstein in the statement. But later, Trump said in an interview that he would have fired Comey "regardless" of Rosenstein's recommendation. The White House denies any collusion. Between Thursday morning and Friday morning, Trump sent a series of tweets that suggest he is extremely frustrated with his current position.

Trump kept up his criticism of the investigations, writing on Twitter, "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".

Mr Trump was not under investigation before Mr Comey's firing, but reportedly is now facing scrutiny for obstruction of justice over the circumstances surrounding the ex-FBI chief's sacking, according to United States media.

The tweets came shortly after Rosenstein issued his unusual statement that appeared to be warning about the accuracy of such reports. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations". Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win.

Oddly enough, Boente was acting deputy attorney general when Sessions recused himself, and until Rosenstein was appointed.

There is a clear pattern emerging of Trump calling intelligence officials and interfering in the Russian Federation investigation. 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. And, short of firing Mueller - which would be political suicide for Trump - he just has to wait and see how it plays out.

The transition official said the organization has also separately asked the General Services Administration to preserve records from the Trump transition that were transferred to its facilities after the inauguration.

Rosenstein has been overseeing the Russian Federation probe since shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. Trump fired Comey on May 9.

Mueller has assembled a high-powered team of top investigators and leading experts, including seasoned attorneys who've represented major American companies in court and who have worked on cases ranging from Watergate to the Enron fraud scandal.

"It would be standard practice for the Special Counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russian Federation".

The order by the general counsel for the transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government.

He also has millions of followers on his official Facebook pages.

The White House has directed questions for details to outside legal counsel, which has not responded.

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday hired his own lawyer to represent him in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

Starr also touched on some people's frustrations following Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent testimony - and his refusal to repeat conversations with Trump - in front of the Senate intelligence committee on Tuesday.

Trump allies have been questioning whether Mueller can lead an unbiased probe, given that some members of his team have made campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.

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