In Tweet, Trump Turns On Rod Rosenstein Over Investigation 'Witch Hunt'

Regardless of the outcome, the spectre of Mr Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Mr Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russian Federation issue.

"As you and I have discussed, however, I can not defend the Director's handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton's emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the almost universal judgment that he was mistaken". In a series of tweets on Friday morning the president confirmed that he was being investigated for firing James Comey on May 9th.

US President Donald Trump on Thursday ridiculed as "phony" and "witch hunt" claims about collusion between Russian Federation and his associates after media reports that he is being investigated for possible obstruction of justice.

It was unclear whether the president's comment confirming he was under investigation was based on direct knowledge or media reports that Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey.

Leading American broadcaster CNN on Thursday filed a lawsuit in the federal court, urging the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to grant access to the former director James Comey's archived conversations with President Donald Trump.

Consider new reports that Rosenstein is considering recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe and we may be looking at Trump's most consequential tweet storm yet.

The White House initially cited Rosenstein's memo as justification for Comey's termination, though the memo did not explicitly call for Comey to be fired.

Friday's tweet marked the first time Mr Trump has publicly acknowledged he is under investigation. Rosenstein penned a letter outlining why he thought Comey could be let go, a letter the president reportedly asked him to write.

Gingrich, the former House speaker whose wife is seeking Senate approval to become the US ambassador to the Vatican, continued to defend Trump Thursday morning.

Kushner, who is both the President's son-in-law and Senior Advisor to the President, reportedly approached Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Kislyak in early December, before he was made a White House employee, requesting to establish a backchannel to Moscow to avoid the eyes and ears of US intelligence services.

Trump has described these reports as "fake news" and the investigations as a "witch hunt".

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!".

Trump's tweets prompted Sen.

  • Zachary Reyes