Trump is now under investigation. Here's why he should blame himself

The Senate intelligence committee won't probe whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice over the FBI's investigation into his former associates and their contacts with Russian officials, leaving the criminal inquiry to special counsel Robert Mueller.

During an early morning tweet storm Friday, President Donald Trump confirmed he is being investigated for firing former FBI Director James Comey.

"This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" the USA president tweeted.

It's a shift in the FBI investigation, which previously focused on Russian hacking during the election, possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials, and possible financial crimes by Trump associates. According to the paper, Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers's recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators as early as this week.

If true, the investigation represents an expansion of Mr Mueller's original probe into links between Moscow and the 2016 Trump presidential election campaign.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Mark Corallo, spokesperson for Trump's lawyer Marc Kasowitz, said.

While President Trump denied all the allegations levied on him, Comey revealed that the documented memos were a testament to his claims, a portion of which was published by the The New York Times, with the hope of a new counsel being appointed.

Trump again took to Twitter following the reports of Pence hiring a lawyer, suggesting Hillary Clinton should be the one under investigation.

It was confirmed by the White House that Mueller was among the candidates who Trump interviewed to replace Comey.

Trump's tweet comes on the heels of a vague statement on the investigation from Rosenstein, released late on Thursday, and the spate of exclusive stories about the latest developments.

Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.

But Trump has publicly said he was going to fire Comey regardless of Rosenstein's recommendation.

Mr. Mueller's investigation appeared to be reaching a circle of current and former officials.

Meanwhile, members of Trump's transition team were ordered to preserve documents and other material related to the Russian Federation investigation, the New York Times reported.

  • Leroy Wright