Trump confirms he is under investigation in Russia inquiry

While the Justice Department appointed Mueller to investigate Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election - and any "collusion" with the Trump campaign - his assignment also includes "any matters that arose or may arise" from the Russia probe.

The letter said the investigation would also probe Comey's testimony that Loretta Lynch, attorney general under former U.S. president Barack Obama, had directed him to describe an FBI probe into former USA secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton's e-mail practices as merely a "matter" and to avoid calling it an investigation.

Comey said he believed Trump's advice to be a direction and thus felt uncomfortable by it.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller will interview NSA Chief Mike Rogers and National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, who testified behind closed doors Thursday on Capitol Hill.

He has tweeted four times Friday morning, also lashing out at the news media and insisting that economy is doing well "despite the phony Witch Hunt" he spent some of Thursday decrying on Twitter as well.

Federal employees who have touch points to the FBI or the Russian Federation investigation would be wise to hire counsel.

While the Republican Trump administration initially said Mr Rosenstein's letter was the reason the president fired Mr Comey on May 9, Mr Trump later said he did so because of the "Russia thing".

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

Trump's tweets prompted Sen.

The tweets prompted Sen. Frankly, I think the president should stop talking about it.

This is an important refocusing of investigations. "It is what it is".

Now, Mr Trump has suggested that he is indeed being investigated.

Others felt Trump was on the right track.

Rosenstein was the author of the memo that made the case for Comey's firing, and now leads the Russian Federation investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was sacked on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

  • Zachary Reyes