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Trump confirms probe, calls it a 'witch hunt'

19 Juin 2017

Rosenstein brought up the possibility of recusing himself during a meeting with the Justice Department's third-in-command - behind Sessions and Rosenstein - Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand, ABC News reported. In a series of tweets on Friday morning the president confirmed that he was being investigated for firing James Comey on May 9th.

In an attempt to sound upbeat and to downplay the new developments in a controversy that has now reached the Oval Office, Trump also said that "despite the phony witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great".

CNN and USA Today filed lawsuits Thursday ordering the Federal Bureau of Investigation to hand over James Comey's memos which detailed private meetings he had with President Donald Trump, according to The Hill. Rosenstein also appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate all things Trump and Russian Federation.

The president made a tweet about his defeated Democratic opponent complaining that the probe is unfair.

"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked. Trump exclaimed on Twitter, referring to the investigation as a "Witch Hunt".

Trump has in the past 24 hours written a number of tweets calling the Russian Federation probe a "witch hunt" being carried out by Rosenstein, Mueller and "very bad people".

The Twitter attacks came as Vice-President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.

Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence's office confirmed yesterday that he has retained Richard Cullen, a former USA attorney and the former Virginia attorney general, in response to the investigation.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that Jared Kushner's business dealings were also being scrutinized by Mueller's team.

Gingrich, the former House speaker whose wife is seeking Senate approval to become the USA ambassador to the Vatican, continued to defend Trump Thursday morning.

Some Republicans have called for Mueller's firing, citing alleged conflicts of interest.

Trump's tweet could force Rosenstein's recusal in the Mueller investigation, according to a Bloomberg View article by Harvard law professor Noah Feldman.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a memo the White House used to justify the firing of the ex-FBI chief.

President confirms he is the subject of an inquiry into obstruction of justice and abuses of power. USA prosecutors have not accused Blatter of wrongdoing.

The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump s presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking yet more political oxygen out of the West Wing. DeLay was not charged.

Trump confirms probe, calls it a 'witch hunt'