US President Donald Trump says he's being investigated for firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director

Pence has seldom addressed the Russian Federation issue, which has overshadowed Trump's efforts to overhaul the healthcare system, cut taxes and boost jobs - priorities that Pence has worked on intensively with Republican lawmakers. He has already been subpoenaed by the House of Representatives intelligence committee. He heads the McDermott, Will and Emery firm's government strategies practice. A day later, Rosenstein appointed Mueller, who was at the helm of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the September 11 attacks, as special counsel.

"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired". A spokeswoman said Trump did not intend to.

Trump is under increasing pressure on the Russian Federation probe.

The US Supreme Court let the lower court ruling stand previous year after a four-four tie vote.

This is an important refocusing of investigations.

Comey (photo) told a Senate panel last week he believed Trump fired him because of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Russian Federation probe. "Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives.very unsafe", Gingrich said. They are Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort's business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; Flynn; and Roger J Stone Jr, an informal adviser to Trump.

The move was confirmed by a transition official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss post-election decisions.

Cullen is a former federal prosecutor who has long ties to former FBI Director James Comey.

Mr Comey testified it would be up to Mr Mueller to decide whether Mr Trump's action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.

"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".

Last month, Rosenstein wrote a memo to the president raising concerns over Comey's performance.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, the president repeated his assertion that Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign is a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phony" premise of possible collusion between Russia and a team of Trump campaign associates.

Trump has been growing increasingly agitated with Rosenstein over the last day or two in private White House meetings and in conversations with friends, multiple people have told CNN.

As for the "witch hunt" claims, Friday wasn't the first time Trump used that term to referr to news reports surrounding the investigations.

Trump has lashed out on Twitter repeatedly, calling the reports of obstruction of justice "phony" and railing against what he called "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history". "Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!"

USA intelligence officials have also told reporters that in December, Kushner attempted to set up a secret backchannel to Russia with the assistance of Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

Until the president's tweet, it was unconfirmed as to whether or not the president was officially part of Mueller's investigation. "I hope you can let this go".

Trump is an avid user of Twitter, with over 32 million followers on his personal account and more than 18 million people on the official presidential account. "That also means, however, that once the investigation is concluded or the special counsel has moved on, the justification for withholding would evaporate and the memos should be released".

But he has so far refused to curtail his social media postings.

  • Zachary Reyes