Trump confirms he is being investigated over Comey firing

Randolph Lopez
Июня 20, 2017

"Witch Hunt", he wrote.

President Donald Trump has just officially admitted he is under criminal investigation for obstruction of justice.

President Donald Trump complained on social media about the wide-ranging investigation of Russian interference in the USA election as Robert Mueller appeared to widen his probe to include whether Trump tried to obstruct justice.

Rosenstein pledged this week that he would maintain the integrity of the investigation and saw no reason to fire Mueller, despite reports that Trump was considering such a move.

The new allegations against Trump center on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation.

If Mueller strays from the straight and narrow, Rosenstein should not hesitate to remove him and name someone else to serve as special counsel.

In this last tweet, Trump was referring to a memo written by Rosenstein that was intensely critical of Comey and implicitly recommended his removal.

In an address to the country, Trump struck a notably less partisan tone in response to his first major domestic crisis.

Trump did not directly address the allegations that he is being probed for possibly obstructing justice a potentially impeachable offense.

An obstruction of justice finding could form the basis for Mr Trump's impeachment but such a step would face a steep hurdle because it would require approval by the US House of Representatives, which is controlled by Mr Trump's fellow Republicans. It goes without saying that discovering any money flows between Trump campaign officials or advisers and Russian government-linked individuals or institutions would be explosive.

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A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it.

Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency. It cited five people briefed on the requests by Mueller's team who spoke on condition of anonymity. But soon after the abrupt termination, Trump told NBC News that he had been going to fire Comey regardless of any recommendations. Namely, they were upset with his very public handling of the Hillary Clinton email probe, which Sessions said was a "usurpation" of Justice Department authority. "It is in everybody's best interests if we let him do his job".

Mueller was originally appointed special council to determine the extent of Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump also attacked the media Friday morning.

Sessions was sworn in February 9 but did not actually step away from the investigation until March 2, the day after The Washington Post reported on his two previously undisclosed Kislyak meetings.

Mr. Trump maintains he never colluded with Russian Federation and the investigation was "fake news".

A person familiar with Trump's tweet said the President was referencing news reports that he is under investigation and was not indicating that he's been personally informed by the special counsel that he is a target of the probe.

It was unclear what report or reports Rosenstein was referencing. The Post report did not name the Federal Bureau of Investigation as its source.

A spokesman for Mueller, Peter Carr, told The Post that the special counsel "has undertaken stringent controls to prohibit unauthorized disclosures and will deal severely with any member who engages in this conduct".

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