Pres. Trump acknowledges he's being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey

Cheryl Sanders
June 19, 2017

Robert Mueller, the man chosen to take over the inquest as special investigator, had started investigating into president Trump's behaviour.

Trump criticized an unnamed "man who told me to fire ..."

Trump weighed in on Twitter Thursday morning with a pair of posts.

The Department of Justice's Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller, an American lawyer and former FBI director, as special counsel to the Russian Federation investigation in May. Mueller also has expansive powers to investigate any matters that develop from his initial investigation.

Comey had accused Trump of firing him to try to undermine the FBI's investigation of a possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russian Federation in alleged efforts to influence last year's presidential election. Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

In this last tweet, Trump was referring to a memo written by Rosenstein that was intensely critical of Comey and implicitly recommended his removal. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office".

While Mr Rosenstein appointed Mr Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the investigation, it is possible that he could be called as a witness as part of the investigation. "There also remain unanswered questions about the attorney general's prior testimony before the committee and his role in firing Director Comey".

Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently confirmed President Trump's tweets are in fact official statements.

FILE - In this June 13, 2017 file photo, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington.

A series of angry tweets has been fired off from the presidential account after a report said the investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election campaign is expanding.

Yesterday, news broke that Mike Pence hired outside counsel to represent him on related inquiries as well. Last month, news surfaced that Kushner may have discussed creating a secret communications channel between the Trump transition team and the Kremlin with Kislyak.

A Justice Department official - who declined to speak on the record - told CNN that the White House didn't order Rosenstein's statement. The White House initially claimed that Rosenstein's memo contributed to Trump's decision to fire Comey.

The new tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses from the president over a report by the Washington Post that Mr Mueller was looking into whether Mr Trump obstructed justice.

Meanwhile, The New York Times reported on June 16 that the general counsel's office of Trump's transition team has ordered staff to preserve all materials relating to Russian Federation or Ukraine, including any possible travel documents.

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