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Donald Trump confirms he is under investigation for obstruction of justice

17 June 2017

"Witch Hunt", the president said on Twitter, seeming to confirm the Wednesday report that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Trump for obstruction of justice. Rosenstein was also the person who appointed Robert Mueller as a special counsel to head the Russian Federation investigation after Comey was sacked.

US President Donald Trump said that he was being investigated for his decision last month to fire the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, media reports said. For one, Trump has publicly confirmed that he had already made up his mind to fire Comey and was going to do it regardless of what Rosenstein said, as he told NBC's Lester Holt last month.

A source on Trump's legal team claimed the president was referring to a Washington Post story "from the other night" rather than confirming he is being investigated.

In any case, Trump's tweet does appear to be a criticism of his deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein. "Nice", Mr Trump wrote in his first tweet. Rosenstein, the official who would be responsible for dismissing Mueller, told US lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause.

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He also took to Twitter yesterday to insist that despite months of investigating, no proof has emerged that he colluded with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favor.

Comey said he typed notes describing the conversations because he was anxious Trump "might lie" later about them. The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!". The White House recently began referring all questions on Trump and Russian Federation to the lawyer Marc Kasowitz.

Rosenstein told senators this week that only he can fire special counsel Mueller - and he won't.

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

At a congresional hearing last week, Comey confirmed that he told Trump three times that Trump was not being investigated as part of the Russia-collusion probe, and Trump tweeted "total and complete vindication" at that time. Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

But Republicans also worry that Mr. Trump is giving Mueller more material to investigate all the time.

The morning after the Post story went up, Trump released a statement via Twitter that referenced the existence of an obstruction investigation, but didn't provide any details.

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In another indication of the seriousness of the probe, Michael Cohen, a personal attorney to Trump, said he has retained attorney Stephen Ryan, a former assistant U.S. attorney, to represent him in the ongoing probes.

Donald Trump confirms he is under investigation for obstruction of justice