Trump confirms probe over Comey firing

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US President Donald Trump speaks about the shootings in Alexandria, Virginia, from the White House in Washington, US, June 14, 2017.

Last week, it was reported that President Donald Trump was entertaining the thought of firing special counsel Robert Mueller after loyalists began making noise about the need for him to be removed.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, a Senate Intelligence Committee member, said she was "increasingly concerned" Trump would try to fire not only Mueller, but also Rosenstein. "Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives.very risky", Gingrich said.

Yet, the president's tweet contradicts his own comments about how and when he made a decision to fire Comey. Rosenstein appointed Robert Mueller on 17 May as special counsel to head the inquiry into the Russian Federation matter.

Mr Cohen has worked for Mr Trump since the mid-2000s and was active in the campaign. He heads the McDermott, Will and Emery firm's government strategies practice.

Still, since Trump fired the former FBI director, James Comey, who was overseeing the Russian Federation probe little more than a month ago, the White House comments have stirred concern among members of Congress that Mueller might get the same treatment if the investigation goes against the president. Trump has disputed both claims, saying flatly that he never asked Comey to drop the Flynn probe. Trump administration officials often say, typically while pointing to the performance of stock markets, businesses feel more confident under Trump.

Feinstein is the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee.

Next week's witnesses include officials from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, election officials, and an expert on election security.

Confidants and advisers close to Mr Trump said his fury was mounting at the probe and he had been yelling at TV sets about its press coverage. They are: Flynn; Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort's business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; and Roger J Stone Jr, an informal adviser to Mr Trump.

Trump Tweets His Frustration With Russia Investigation
Schiff says if the panel can't get an answer then he believes a subpoena will be needed. And now he's being investigated by the Department of Justice", Sekulow said.

"He's driving this", the White House official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss West Wing internal deliberations.

Vice President Mike Pence has also hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.

His latest tweets follow a report this week in The Washington Post reported that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election is looking into whether the president attempted to obstruct justice. Then, the following day, he virtually confirmed to of all people, the Russian diplomats, that he felt less pressure on him now that he got rid of Comey because of the Russian investigation.

It's unclear if the president is referring to direct knowledge that he's being investigated or reacting to media reports.

Trump's reference of blame is affixed to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who along with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, crafted a memorandum recommending Comey's removal.

"Well, we were asked our opinion, and when we expressed it, which was consistent with the memorandum and the letter we wrote, I felt comfortable. and I guess the deputy attorney general did too", he said, "in providing that information in writing". "Regulations way down, jobs and enthusiasm way up!"

USA employers pulled back on hiring in May by adding only 138,000 jobs, though the gains were enough to help nudge the unemployment rate down to a 16 year-low.

But he has so far refused to curtail his social media postings.

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