Trump confirms he is being investigated over Comey firing in tweet

US President Donald Trump on Friday said that he was being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey last month. The probe has reportedly expanded to include whether Trump fired Comey in an attempt to obstruct justice.

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President Donald Trump seemed to confirm for the first time Friday that he's being investigated for possible obstruction of justice and appeared to blame the Justice Department's number two official for the probe.

Reports this week confirmed that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the President obstructed justice by firing Comey last month amid the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

In a tweet, the president also seemed to accuse the United States deputy attorney general of pursuing a "Witch Hunt".

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on the tweet.

The Trump tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned organization officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.

The White House initially said the memo was critical to the decision, but Mr Trump later later said it was irrelevant, because he'd made up his mind beforehand.

Top Democrats warned Mr. Trump against a power grab on Friday.

Amid stirrings earlier this week that Trump was possibly considering the idea of firing Mueller, it was Rosenstein who testified before a congressional hearing that such an act could not be taken without specific cause.

And Gingrich's final tweet on Thursday: "The brazen redefinition of Mueller's task tells you how arrogant the deep state is and how confident it is it can get away with anything".

ABC News reported that Mr Rosenstein has told colleagues privately that he may have to step aside from the investigation.

He appeared to be referring to Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general who is now leading the probe. Comey was sacked by the president on May 9 while he was overseeing the investigation into potential Russian interference into last year's election and potential collusion with the Trump presidential campaign.

Some of his ire is aimed at Mr Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him, associates say.

It appears Trump is referring to Rod Rosenstein, who set the stage for Comey's dismissal in a letter to Trump. The order also wants background records on former campaign manager Paul Manafort; his business partner Rick Gates; former foreign policy adviser Carter Page; former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone.

People familiar with the matter told the Post that the investigation into Trump for possible obstruction of justice began days after Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9.

The Twitter attacks came as Vice-President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.

"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked.

  • Leroy Wright