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'Witch Hunt': Trump confirms he is being investigated over Comey firing

18 Juin 2017

While the Republican Trump administration initially said Mr Rosenstein's letter was the reason the president fired Mr Comey on May 9, Mr Trump later said he did so because of the "Russia thing".

Trump's digital volley appeared to be trained at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who recommended the firing last month of James Comey - an nearly unprecedented move that could yet imperil Trump's presidency.

In the backlash following Comey's dismissal, Rosenstein hired Robert Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation probe as special counsel.

New order: Members of Trump's transition team were ordered Thursday to keep "any physical and electronic records" related to the investigation into possible Russian collusion, reports the New York Times.

On Thursday, it was reported that President Trump himself was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.

Trump published a series of tweets in which he decried both the alleged investigation and media coverage thereof.

The president's tweets came two years to the day after Trump first launched his improbable presidential bid by famously descending an escalator in Trump Tower in NY, and while his presidency is embroiled in crisis over the federal investigation led by Mueller into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation. News has reported that federal investigators are examining whether the president attempted to obstruct justice.

Mr. Mueller must denounce the leak and defend the independence of his investigation.

So this particular tweet coming from Trump on Friday morning went off like a siren. Rosenstein in a memo to Trump raised concerns over Comey, and later appointed Mueller as special counsel. Rosenstein can fire Mueller, but that doesn't make him the one investigating Trump.

"They clearly don't have control over what he's tweeting and it has been long standing practice that when you're under investigation you don't attack publicly the investigators". Comey testified before the Senate intelligence committee he felt pressured by the White House to drop the investigation.

In a second tweet, Trump touted his "powerful" presence on social media, despite widespread criticism that his recurring rants on Twitter and other online media have only compounded his legal and political problems.

"He now lives within himself, which is a risky place for Donald Trump to be", someone close to Trump said to the news network, "I see him emotionally withdrawing".

He also claimed that the person investigating him advised him to fire Comey, though it's unclear whom he was referring to.

'Witch Hunt': Trump confirms he is being investigated over Comey firing