Donald Trump confirms he's under investigation over Comey firing

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the top Justice Department official overseeing the special counsel's probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's presidential election, has told officials that he might have to recuse himself from the investigation, according to a report from ABC News.

Trump had expressed the same outrage when Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director from 2001 to 2013, was appointed last month by the US Department of Justice to probe Russian meddling.

His investigation then grew to include looking at whether President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because he was unwilling to back off the Russian Federation investigation.

"Witch Hunt", the president wrote in his tweet on Friday.

First, it is the president himself acknowledging that he is, in fact, under investigation for possible obstruction of justice-something even on Thursday the White House would not acknowledge.

Rosenstein - in charge because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation into the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation - then appointed Mueller as special counsel.

The most important takeaway from the president's tweet, Gergen continued, "is that the president has launched a campaign to discredit the special counsel and to discredit the investigations".

"I've talked with Director Mueller about this", Rosenstein told AP. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight of the probe given his own role in Comey's firing.

The president's tweets came two years to the day after Trump first launched his improbable presidential bid by famously descending an escalator in Trump Tower in NY, and while his presidency is embroiled in crisis over the federal investigation led by Mueller into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation. "#MAGA", Trump tweeted last Thursday.

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. 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".

Trump did not specify who he was referring to.

Shortly thereafter, he followed that up with another tweet, in which he returned to one of his main themes regarding the ongoing probe: "You are witnessing the single greatest witch hunt in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people".

A representative for Trump's lawyer promptly reacted to the allegation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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