Trump publicly acknowledges Russian Federation probe includes him

Malcolm Fuller
June 23, 2017

President Donald Trump, who has contradicted top aides about his firing of FBI Director James Comey, on Friday fired off a tweet at odds with his own statements about the decision that triggered a special counsel probe.

Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, sent out spokespeople and surrogates with a far-fetched cover story to explain the dismissal, and then told NBC's Lester Holt that the real reason for the firing was Comey's pursuit of the Russian Federation investigation.

Mueller has hired 13 new lawyers to help him handle his investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice and if members of his presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 election. "FBI director" James Comey in a tweet Friday morning, once again calling the investigation a "witch hunt".

It appears that he was referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the FBI's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

A source on Trump's legal team attempted to clarify the missive, claiming he was reacting to media reports about the investigation rather than offering public confirmation.

"She added that she was "increasingly concerned" Mr Trump will fire both [investigative special counsel] Robert Mueller and Rosenstein".

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Trump's tweets have recently looked an terrible lot like what a reporter said were GOP talking points meant to combat the Post's report. Many of his White House staff members have been similarly embarrassed and there are reported to be many recusals from potential hires for his administration from stalwarts reluctant to serve an unpredictable and temperamental President. Rosenstein told the Senate on May 17 that he knew Comey would be fired before he wrote the memo.

Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.

The investigation appears to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations", his statement reads.

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. Reports have alleged that Trump asked both men to publicly quash the credibility of the Russian Federation investigation. Trump cited the memo in firing Comey.

He pretends there has already been a finding that there was no collusion between anyone involved in his presidential campaign and the Russian attempt to meddle in our election.

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