Trump tweets acknowledgement of Comey firing investigation

The tweets were clear signs of the president's frustration and anger over the revelation, published on Wednesday evening in The Washington Post, about the investigation by Mueller, who is heading an independent probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Trump's young presidency has been battered by allegations - under investigation both by Congress and the FBI - that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favor, in possible collusion with Trump's campaign team.

Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump attend a news conference at the White House in Washington, US, March 17, 2017.

Trump's tweet Friday reflected the first official confirmation that he is being investigated by the special counsel for the reasons he fired Comey last month.

Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, encouraged Americans in a statement issued late Thursday to be "skeptical about anonymous allegations" after a string of recent news reports about the evolving focus of the special counsel's investigation into Russia's election interference and possible collusion with President Donald Trump's associates.

The President complained the probe was unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent was not getting the same scrutiny.

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

Mueller broadened the probe with the President now under investigation for obstruction of justice in probe regarding possible collusion by his campaign with the Kremlin. Mr Trump's lawyer denounced the development and accused the Federal Bureau of Investigation of leaking material.

"Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic and jobs numbers are great".

Trump's young presidency has been battered by allegations under investigation both by Congress and the FBI that Russian Federation interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favor, in possible collusion with Trump's campaign team. "I can confirm that the Vice President has retained Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods to assist him in responding to inquiries by the special counsel", said Jarrod Agen, Pence's communications director, in a statement.

Trump's apparent allegation-exhaustion also comes just two days after a gunman who was obsessed with posting anti-Trump rhetoric opened fire on GOP legislators at a baseball practice, critically wounding Rep. Steve Scalise and four others.

Yet Trump seemed to dispute that narrative weeks ago when he told NBC's Lester Holt he had Russian Federation on has mind. When The Washington Post reported this week that Mueller was investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, a spokesman for the President's private attorney called the leak "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".

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.

A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it.

President Trump confirmed Friday that he is under investigation for firing FBI Director James Comey.

Comey said he typed notes describing the conversations because he was anxious Trump "might lie" later about them. He testified that, about three months before his firing, Trump pressed him to drop the investigation of Flynn by saying he hoped Comey could let it go.

  • Larry Hoffman