Donald Trump confirms he is under investigation for obstruction of justice

"I'm growing increasingly concerned that the president will attempt to fire not only Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating possible obstruction of justice, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller".

US President Donald Trump lashed out on Thursday after a report that he was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice and he dismissed as "phony" the idea his campaign colluded with any Russian effort to sway the presidential election a year ago.

The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump was considering firing Mueller over credibility issues, and Rosenstein is thought to be considering recusing himself since he could be a witness in the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

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

As Bob Mueller, the special investigator now heading the FBI's probe into allegations of Russian election meddling, filled out his legal team and prepared to begin interviews, Trump erupted furiously for a second consecutive day.

Trump did not specify who he was referring to, but he appeared to be questioning the integrity of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the US Justice Department's No. 2 official.

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

For months - President Trump made it known that he's not personally under investigation - but now it appears - that could be changing.

In that memo, however, Rosenstein never explicitly called for Comey's firing. He seems to be confirming he's under investigation for the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. The White House recently began referring all questions on Trump and Russian Federation to the lawyer Marc Kasowitz.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment for the Guardian, and a spokesman for Trump's lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump's tweet could force Rosenstein's recusal in the Mueller investigation, according to a Bloomberg View article by Harvard law professor Noah Feldman.

- "Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" "Witch Hunt", the president wrote in a tweet Friday.

He reiterated tweets from Thursday morning about the investigation. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.

The Times points out that Trump's tweet came hours after an "oddly worded" statement by Rosenstein about leaks.

  • Zachary Reyes