Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
USA | By Angel Wallace

Donald Trump confirms he is under investigation for obstruction of justice

Donald Trump confirms he is under investigation for obstruction of justice

President Donald Trump, in a furious Friday, June 16, 2017 morning message, confirmed that he is being investigated for his role in firing former FBI Director James Comey and seemed to accuse the deputy attorney general of overseeing a "witch hunt" against him.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Friday morning to confirm that he is under investigation - or as he likes to call it, a "witch hunt".

On May 9, Rosenstein wrote a memorandum outlining reasons why Trump should fire then-FBI Director James Comey.

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".

Although Rosenstein is the lead justice department official in the case (after attorney general Jeff Sessions recused himself because he is himself under the lens for Russian Federation contacts), the legal rationale he cited for the Comey firing was his sloppy handling of the Hillary email server case.

Trump has said he is "100 per cent" willing to testify under oath on Comey meetings and tell the FBI Special Consul Robert Muller that he never asked FBI to stop investigating. "I can go around them", he tweeted.

"The way the director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong", Rosenstein wrote, failing to acknowledge the fact Trump cheered Comey's inquiry of Clinton on during the 2016 campaign.

"And second, if the president thinks he can fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will shut down the investigation, he is in for a rude awakening".

The Trump administration and its allies are firing back at the torrent of leaks surrounding Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe, suggesting the anonymous sources tied to these reports can not be trusted - while calling into question the Mueller team's neutrality.

Trump denies having told Comey to back off the probe into Flynn, who had resigned on February 13 after it emerged that he had misled Vice President Mike Pence about the content of telephone conversations with the Russian ambassador to the US.

"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", Rosenstein said. Comey was sacked by the president on May 9 while he was overseeing the investigation into potential Russian interference into last year's election and potential collusion with the Trump presidential campaign.

Trump hadn't publicly admitted he was personally under investigation until now.

Comey said he typed notes describing the conversations because he was anxious Trump "might lie" later about them.

ABC News reported on Friday that Rosenstein has said privately he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation probe because he could become a witness in the investigation. 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.

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