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Trump says he is being investigated over Comey firing

Report: Special counsel Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice US President investigated for potential obstruction of justice
Stacy Diaz | 20 June, 2017, 02:55

He was answering accounts that he is personally being investigated for obstruction of justice with a characteristic scorched-earth defence: claiming mistreatment of historic proportions and calling into question the probity of his accusers.

On Thursday afternoon, Trump sent two tweets attacking his former opponent.

Trump has called The Washington Post report a "phony story" and a "WITCH HUNT".

"I can go around them", the tweet read.

And it was Rosenstein who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

The Washington Post, citing unidentified officials, reported on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating the Republican president for possible obstruction of justice.

The preservation order covers any transition team information about Russian Federation or Ukraine, and it also seeks any records of background investigations of former national security adviser Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his business partner Rick Gates, former foreign policy adviser Carter Page and informal campaign adviser Roger Stone Jr.

Trump allies have been questioning whether Mueller can lead an unbiased probe, given that some members of his team have made campaign contributions to Democratic candidates.

An aide to Vice President Mike Pence revealed on Thursday that he was hiring Richard Cullen - a veteran of the Iran-Contra investigation, Watergate and the 2000 vote recount in Florida - as a private lawyer. White House statements about Director Comey's firing because of the FBI's lack of confidence in him are plain, flat-out lies. Trump wrote on Twitter, in a pair of messages that ended with a reference to his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again". Those leaks are one key reason some of President Trump's supporters are calling for Mueller to be fired, regardless of the political cost.

But his tweets virtually ensure that the political focus swings back to the Russian Federation scandal.

Moscow has denied any interference and the White House has denied any collusion. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, sent out spokespeople and surrogates with a far-fetched cover story to explain the dismissal, and then told NBC's Lester Holt that the real reason for the firing was Comey's pursuit of the Russian Federation investigation.

Recent news reports have suggested Trump sought all three officials' help in pressuring FBI Director James Comey to drop his investigation into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.

"The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", Kasowitz said via a spokesman.

Mueller, who served as Federal Bureau of Investigation director for 12 years, was tapped to head the probe by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who penned a memo justifying Comey's termination.

"Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials, ' particularly when they do not identify the country - let alone the branch or agency of government - with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated".

The memo also orders transition team members to preserve any records of foreign travel by transition officials or Trump campaign officials.

"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he wrote.

He followed that up 12 minutes later with a second tweet: "Crooked H destroyed phones w/ hammer, "bleached" emails, & had husband meet w/AG days before she was cleared- & they talk about obstruction?"

Several news reports said Mueller plans to interview key US national security officials about Trump's comments seeking an end to the investigation of contacts his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had with Russia's ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak. Those associates include former national security adviser Michael Flynn, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.