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Trump tweet confirms he's being probed by prosecutor

19 June 2017

President Donald Trump acknowledged on Friday that he is personally under investigation as part of a widening probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year's United States presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign, an inquiry that has cast a shadow over his five months in office.

President Donald Trump's closest allies are attacking the integrity of those involved in the widening probe of Russian interference in the us election, accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of driving a biased investigation.

Rosenstein last month appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the probe.

The new tweets are the latest in a week of angry social media responses from the president over a report by the Washington Post that Mr Mueller was looking into whether Mr Trump obstructed justice.

Rosenstein has authority over the inquiry because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself on March 2 after revelations of previously undisclosed meetings with Russia's ambassador to Washington while he was a Trump campaign adviser.

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Rosenstein hasn't yet requested Justice Department attorneys provide him their legal opinion about a potential recusal, but he has spoken in recent weeks with Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, his own deputy, about the possibility of her taking on his responsibilities as the top overseer of the Russian Federation probe, ABC News reported.

The deputy attorney general later appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller to lead the inquiry, following growing demands from Democrats to appoint an independent special prosecutor to examine the Russian Federation allegations. That makes me wonder if the unusual statement he released last night, warning Americans "to exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials, '" is part of his calculus here.

Comey used his his three-hour testimony before the Senate intelligence committee last week to launch a blistering takedown of Trump, calling him a liar no less than five times.

Mr Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Mr Trump fired him to undermine the FBI's Russian Federation probe and testified that the President directed him in February to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn in relation to the Russian Federation matter.

Rod Rosenstein probably never expected to be in the spotlight so often while serving in President Donald Trump's administration.

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Donald Trump has appeared to confirm he is being investigated for obstruction of justice as he complained of a "witch hunt". Trump has expressed increasing dissatisfaction with the Justice Department since Mueller's appointment.

A Justice official said Rosenstein was motivated in part because of frustration that recent news stories have unfairly brought on a torrent of "leak" accusations against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller's team.

The president does have the legal right to halt the kind of investigation that the FBI was conducting in the Flynn matter.

If "the man" in the tweet is, in fact, Rosenstein - as one person who recently spoke to Trump told CNN - Trump's anger marks a whopper of a turnaround on the same man he and other senior White House officials praised effusively just weeks ago. Rosenstein is overseeing the investigation into Russian meddling, though it is being spearheaded by a special prosecutor, Robert Mueller. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office", Feinstein said in a statement Friday. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including Flynn; campaign adviser Paul Manafort and his business partner, Rick Gates; foreign-policy aide Carter Page; and outside adviser Roger Stone.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence has hired a personal criminal defence lawyer to guide him through the various investigations encircling the White House. Pence headed the Trump transition until Inauguration Day.

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Trump tweet confirms he's being probed by prosecutor