Donald Trump: 'I am being investigated'

President Donald Trump acknowledged on Friday he is under investigation in a probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 us presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign - and seemed to assail the Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry. Trump wrote on Twitter, in a pair of messages that ended with a reference to his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again".

Trump's Friday tweet was the first official confirmation that he is being investigated by the special counsel over the reasons he fired Comey last month. Trump cited the memo in firing Comey.

The news comes one day after Rosenstein affirmed his support for the special counsel, despite recent reports that Trump was weighing Mueller's dismissal.

With the news on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller III is reportedly looking into whether Trump committed obstruction of justice, it appears Comey got what he was hoping for.

In a series of statements on Twitter on June 15, 2017, Mr. Trump repeated his assertion that Mr. 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 cadre of Trump campaign associates.

"Why is [it] that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?"

Now they go for obstruction of justice - phony story.

This was a particularly angry Friday for Trump, who earlier seemed to publicly accuse Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein of being complicit in the "witch hunt" to discredit him. He said, this is a witch hunt - a phrase he's used before - he said, led by some very bad and conflicted people.

A former US attorney, Rosenstein is overseeing the Russian Federation investigation because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the matter in March.

"Whoever leaked [news of the obstruction investigation] was obviously reading that he was thinking about giving Mueller the boot", an official told the Daily Beast.

Mueller's investigators have asked for information and will talk to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, according to a source, who said they have also sought information from recently retired NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett.

On June 8, Comey stated during his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that one anonymous Federal Bureau of Investigation official was against informing Trump that he was not a person of interest in the Russian Federation probe.

Mr Comey, who had been leading one of several Russian Federation inquiries, testified to Congress last week that the president had pressured him to drop an inquiry into links between Mr Flynn and Russian Federation.

The Democratic National Committee said it saw a need for Rosenstein to recuse himself, but it said control over the investigation should be given to Mueller and not another Trump appointee.

The House and Senate Intelligence Committees are investigating Russia's meddling in the 2016 campaign, including possible collusion between Trump associates and Moscow.

  • Larry Hoffman