United States president confirms he is under FBI investigation
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 13:53
During congressional testimony last week, Comey stated under oath the President was not under investigation by the FBI prior to or after his firing.
In a tweet earlier Friday, Trump said nobody has been able to show any proof about his collusion with Moscow after months of investigations.
Although he didn't name anyone, Trump appeared to be pointing the finger at Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who began overseeing the Russian Federation investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from it.
If Mueller is investigating Trump's firing of Comey as possible obstruction of justice, he might want to learn about Trump's interactions with Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who wrote the memo criticizing Comey's performance before his firing. The Post has also reported that Mueller is investigating the business dealings of Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.
A person familiar with Trump's tweet said the President was referencing news reports that he is under investigation and was not indicating that he's been personally informed by the special counsel that he is a target of the probe.
In his tweet today, Trump seemingly confirmed the report and reiterated his charge linking his presidential campaign with Russian Federation is nothing but a political witch-hunt.
Pence retained Richard Cullen, a partner at McGuire Woods in Richmond, Virginia, who previously served as a USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and has extensive experience with government investigations.
The president tweeted Friday, "Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great".
The preservation order covers any information involving Russian Federation or Ukraine, and records on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, former foreign policy adviser Carter Page, business partner Rick Gates, informal adviser and friend Roger Stone, and Flynn, according to a memo obtained by the Times.
"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.
The order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence hired an outside lawyer to represent his legal interests.
The newspaper noted Mr Mueller had requested interviews with CIA director Dan Coats, National Security Agency chief Michael Rogers and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.
A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it. Trump has repeatedly complained about the probe, saying Democrats can not accept his election win.