Donald Trump says he is victim of a huge witchhunt

A source on Trump's legal team claimed the president was referring to a Washington Post story "from the other night" rather than confirming he is being investigated. Trump wrote on Twitter, in a pair of messages that ended with a reference to his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again".

The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump's presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking yet more political oxygen out of the West Wing.

Mr Trump's tweet sparked the derision of social media users.

In a statement, Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said she is growing increasingly concerned that the president will attempt to fire not only Mueller, but also Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein who appointed Mueller.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, during an event on Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives.

Trump's decision to go after Rosenstein sparked widespread speculation in Washington that he may dismiss the deputy attorney general in yet another attempt to get past the Russian Federation investigation, although the likely effect of such a step would be to ignite a new political firestorm and claims that the President is abusing his power and mounting a coverup.

President Donald Trump says it's "sad" that seven months of investigations and hearings into possible links between his campaign and Russian Federation have been fruitless. President seems to have acknowledged this as fact today in a tweet. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the President's oath of office".

California Rep. Adam Schiff says it's clear that Trump "believes that he has the power to fire anyone in government he chooses and for any reason".

He spoke about his decision to do so during testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee last week, saying he felt uneasy with Trump's request for loyalty in January. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote in his tweet.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election has expanded to include an examination of whether the president attempted to obstruct justice.

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. Reports have alleged that Trump asked both men to publicly quash the credibility of the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump spent Friday morning touting his economic policies and criticizing the investigation.

  • Larry Hoffman