Trump Confirms He's Under Investigation Over Comey Firing


"Witch Hunt", Trump tweeted.

Tensions are building inside the Justice Department as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein contemplates whether he will become a witness in the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. elections.

Kushner, who is President Donald Trump's son-in-law, joins a list of several former associates whose financial dealings are being examined by FBI agents and federal prosecutors, according to the Post.

Trump didn't immediately elaborate on the tweet, but it appears he is referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whose memo on fired FBI Director James Comey last month was initially used as justification for the termination.

Late Thursday, reports surfaced Vice President Mike Pence hired a lawyer to assist him through probes into whether there were ties between Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation.

News accounts this week said Trump was considering firing Mueller from his special counsel role, but the White House eventually said he does not plan to.

Trump's legal team quickly denounced the report on Wednesday. And it's up to him to decide how much to tell Rosenstein about the substance of the investigation itself.

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People familiar with the matter told the Post that the investigation into Trump for possible obstruction of justice began days after Trump abruptly fired Comey on May 9.

The new allegations against Trump center on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation, and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the inquiry's direction. That had not happened as of Friday afternoon, but the possibility remains.

Trump himself said he had already planned to fire the FBI director, citing in part the pressure of the Russian Federation investigation on his White House. Mueller also has expansive powers to investigate any matters that develop from his initial investigation. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations", the statement read. Trump has expressed increasing dissatisfaction with the Justice Department since Mueller's appointment. But a department official said no one asked for the statement and Rosenstein acted on his own. Mr. Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia Attorney-General and USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mr. Mueller. Since then Mueller, who served as FBI director before Comey, has taken over the investigation. But that doesn't appear to violate any ethics rules, either, Slansky said.

"I'm not going to answer hypothetical questions", Rosenstein said.

"First of all, the president has no authority to fire Robert Mueller. There is too much cross-pollination between his background and that of James Comey". "It would be standard practice for the special counsel to examine financial records to look for anything related to Russian Federation".

After the firestorm caused by Comey's firing, Rosenstein appointed Mueller, Comey's predecessor as FBI director, to take over the DOJ Russia investigation.