Trump acknowledges for first time he's under investigation

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But as the legal rope has tightened, Trump's allies have gone on the offensive, questioning the credibility of the special investigator Mueller, a respected former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who served under Republican president George W. Bush.

On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that Trump was under investigation for obstruction of justice, citing unnamed officials.

Reuters reports: "Another well-known white-collar Washington lawyer will likely join the team shortly". Critics argued Comey's dismissal amounted to obstruction because the FBI was in the midst of their investigation into Trump's campaign.

The president tweeted Friday, "The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people!"

California Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Trump's tweets are sending a message "that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired".

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.

Speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, attorney Jay Sekulow said the "president is not under investigation by the special counsel".


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

A person who has spoken to Trump within the last 24 hours told CNN "the man" in the tweet is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo recommending Comey's firing and approved the appointment of a special counsel to look into Russian election meddling.

Comey said he typed notes describing the conversations because he was anxious Trump "might lie" later about them. ABC said Rosenstein told Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand she would have authority over the probe if he were to step aside.

While the Republican Trump administration initially said Mr Rosenstein's letter was the reason the president fired Mr Comey on May 9, Mr Trump later said he did so because of the "Russia thing".

Trump's apparent attack on Rosenstein also raised further questions about whether Rosenstein will stay in his position or recuse himself from the investigation. The Comey dismissal could become part of a widening investigation into whether the President tried to interfere with the ongoing Russian Federation probe.

Trump's tweets virtually ensure that the political focus swings back to the Russian Federation scandal. And allies of former President Bill Clinton also raised concerns of political bias by Kenneth Starr, who led the Whitewater investigation that ultimately led to Clinton's impeachment. If they find none, I'm certain Mueller will forthrightly report that fact - but only after completing a proper investigation, which takes time. Rosenstein testified under oath this week that he would not fire Mueller without good cause and that none exists.

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