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Trump Confirms He Is Under Investigation And Blames His Own Justice Department

19 June 2017

Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special prosecutor in an investigation of alleged collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation in the 2016 election.

"As the deputy attorney general has said numerous times, if there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will".

Jay Sekulow said the tweet was not a confirmation of the investigation, but instead a response to a report in The Washington Post. Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has expansive powers to probe any matters that develop from his initial investigation.

Rosenstein finds himself in a spot as he could face the President anger or answer questions about his own future role supervising Mueller when he could become a witness in the special counsel's probe.

But Mr Sekulow said that Mr Trump was reacting to a Washington Post story that said special counsel Robert Mueller was examining whether Mr Trump had tried to obstruct the probe by firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey in May.

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Rod Rosenstein recommended to President Trump that he fire former FBI Chief James Comey, though also made a decision to bring in Robert Mueller, now the probe's special counsel.

Rosenstein later appointed Robert Mueller to lead the investigation into ties between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, which the president has repeatedly labeled a "witch hunt".

"I don't think it's for me to say whether the conversation I had with the President was an effort to obstruct", Comey said in his testimony.

A Trump confidant said this week the president had considered firing Mueller.

The White House confirmed that Mueller was among the candidates Trump interviewed to replace Comey.

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According to Thursday's Post report, investigators have also been looking into the financial dealings of other Trump associates, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, and former foreign-policy adviser Carter Page. "Nice", Trump wrote in his first tweet.

Mr Page, Mr Stone, Mr Manafort, and Mr Flynn have all been asked to turn over records of their dealings with Russian Federation to the Senate Intelligence Committee. Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Marc Kasowitz, Trump's personal attorney handling Russian Federation probe matters, didn't respond to a request for comment.

On Twitter Friday, Trump wrote as part of a tweet about the probe that "I am being investigated".

Mueller is reportedly interested in speaking with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers and former deputy Richard Ledgett. The White House has not commented on this possibility.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday she is "increasingly concerned" that Trump will try to fire Mueller and Rosenstein.

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