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Trump confirms he's under investigation for firing former FBI Director James Comey

17 June 2017

Last week, Comey testified in a Senate hearing that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Thursday to offer his first comments on news that he is being examined for possible obstruction of justice - an investigation he dismissed as part of the "phony" accusations of collusion between his campaign and Russian Federation past year. Moreover, Comey said not a single vote had been changed in the 2016 USA election as result of alleged Russian activities.

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.

Moreover, Comey admitted that not a single vote in the 2016 USA election was changed as a result of Russian actions and the media has been overwhelmingly wrong on their stories concerning Russia.

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.

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Trump's tweets came after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe. "I don't know how anyone can see this as anything but obstruction of justice".

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.

In an address to the country, Trump struck a notably less partisan tone in response to his first major domestic crisis.

The president wrote, "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

Ruddy, who had been at the White House on Monday, told PBS that Trump is considering terminating the special counsel.

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There has been no indication that Mueller told Trump to fire Comey.

In a statement many have described as "odd", Rosenstein warned the US public to "exercise caution" before trusting media reports citing anonymous officials, despite the fact that the Trump administration continues to use them in official statements to the media.

The Washington Post this week reported, not only that the president is under investigation for possible obstruction of justice, but also that the FBI inquiry is examining the business and financial dealings of the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote on Twitter.

The president tweeted Friday, "The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people!"

Trump followed up about an hour later with another critical tweet: "You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" "I can go around them", the tweet read. This would amount to an implicit admission that the Washington Post report is accurate.

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