Trump confirms he is being investigated over Comey firing

Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Justice Department's Trump-Russia probe following reports that he had twice met with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Trump's tweet Friday reflected the first official confirmation that he is being investigated by the special counsel for the reasons he fired Comey last month.

The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mueller's investigation had extended to include whether Trump committed obstruction of justice after Comey testified that the president had asked him to drop an investigation into Michael Flynn, his former national security adviser.

USA intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered in last year's presidential campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump's favour.

Trump's apparent attack on Rosenstein also raised further questions about whether he will stay in his position or recuse himself from the investigation.

"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's in for a rude awakening".

Trump has repeatedly sworn that he is personally not under investigation, and Comey assured him that he wasn't.

Will Trump fire Mueller, the same way he dismissed Comey?

The Post reported that the obstruction of justice investigation of the president began days after James Comey was sacked as the FBI Director on May 9.

Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia's meddling with the presidential election has been rampant.

Through a spokesman, Trump's personal attorney, Marc Kasowitz, blasted the Post's report, though he stopped short of denying it.

He appeared to be referring to Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general who is now leading the probe.

If that is the case, it could be part of what appears to be a pattern of statements that are meant to back the president. The story cited "U.S. officials familiar with the matter".

"In the twilight of the Bush administration, we don't need an acting USA attorney in Maryland", Mikulski said at the time.

"They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. That was his promise and that's exactly what we're doing".

Rod Rosenstein probably never expected to be in the spotlight so often while serving in President Donald Trump's administration. "We are not aware of any instance when that has occurred", Pompeo said in a statement.

In another tweet posted about two hours earlier on Friday morning, Trump, for the second consecutive day, went directly after DOJ's Russian Federation probe, which now includes an examination of whether the president obstructed justice when asking Comey to drop a probe of his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, or by firing Comey.

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  • Annette Adams