'I am being investigated for firing the Federal Bureau of Investigation director'

Olive Rios
June 19, 2017

Trump's tweets are the latest - and most direct - attacks on the leader of an investigation that he insists is unnecessary and distracting.

Special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional panels are investigating the Russian Federation issue, which has cast a shadow over the early months of Trump's presidency. And though Trump has said that he planned to fire Comey regardless of the recommendation, he appeared to take a shot at his appointee on Twitter on Friday.

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

President Trump on Friday continued to belittle the investigations of his White House, again using the term "witch hunt" to describe them.

Trump has also reportedly considered firing Mueller, but the entirety of his White House cabinet and staff heavily advised against it.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller last month, testified Tuesday he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller.

"I'd be insincere if I said it wasn't a concern that the president would try to do it anyway", the aide added. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office".

The president conveyed the message on Twitter.

The president had alleged that the media is trying to portray a negative image of him, after another The Washington Post article had said Trump himself was under investigation for obstruction of justice.

Coats met behind closed doors for more than three hours Thursday with the Senate intelligence committee, which is conducting a separate investigation into Russian interference in the election. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations", Rosenstein's full statement read.

There has been no indication that Mueller told Trump to fire Comey.

In testimony on Capitol Hill last week, Comey said Mueller had a copy of that memo and several others Comey had written about his interactions with Trump.

Citing sources within the Justice Department, ABC News reports that Mr. Rosenstein raised the possibility of his own recusal with Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand - the DOJ's third-in-command. While the Trump administration initially said that letter was the reason the president fired Comey on May 9, Trump later said he did so because of the "Russia thing".

Rosenstein told the Associated Press earlier this month that when he hired Mueller he discussed the possibility of having recuse himself "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation" and if recusal is necessary.

"When I chose to just do it, I said to myself - I said, 'You know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, '" Trump told NBC.

The memo also orders the preservation of any documents related to foreign travel by members of the transition team. Rosenstein is in charge of hiring and firing because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe.

The memo ordered transition team members "to preserve any physical and electronic records that may be related in any way to the subject matter of the pending investigations".

Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, also has retained an attorney to represent him.

None of the men were involved with Trump's campaign.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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