Trump confirms he's under investigation, fires angry tweets

Aaron Brown
June 19, 2017

"Witch Hunt", Trump said in a Twitter message.

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.

Be smart: Trump, notorious for his litigiousness in NY, is playing an inside-outside game: stockpiling talent to protect him legally, while publicly trying to discredit the investigators and whatever they might eventually say or do.

It was not clear if Trump's tweet was based on news reports or if the White House had been given official notice.

Trump has told associates he has the legal authority to fire Mueller.

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

Friday morning, Trump tweeted that indicated he might be under investigation.

Trump demonstrated Friday morning that the Russian Federation probe continues to consume his attention, tweeting a stream of messages decrying the controversy.

"There's a limitation on Twitter, as we all know", Sekulow said.

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Mueller, a former FBI director who was named special counsel for the Russian Federation investigation after Comey was sacked, is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Kremlin officials in a bid to tilt the 2016 election in his favour.

An overwhelming majority, 52 percent, also said they disapproved of Trump's decision to fire Comey, while 22 percent said they approved of the decision and 24 percent said they were indifferent.

If Rosenstein were out of the picture, responsibility for overseeing Mueller's investigation - and deciding his fate - would fall to Rachel Brand, the department's associate attorney general.

Trump was set to escape the Washington pressure cooker on Saturday.

Theoretically, Trump could be saying that Mueller told him to fire Comey, though that makes little sense since Mueller was not part of his administration.

The transition order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence's confirmed that he had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.

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. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said on ABC's "This Week" that the panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House on whether recordings exist.

Rosenstein's statement read: "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".

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