Trump lashes out at 'bad,' 'conflicted' Russian Federation investigators

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Trump said he was being investigated by the man who, in the first place, told him to fire James Comey.

US President Donald Trump announced Friday he is under investigation in connection with a probe into alleged Russian election meddling that is gnawing away at his administration - and gathering pace.

Rosenstein released a cryptic statement the evening before about the danger of relying on anonymous sources, though it appeared to be aimed more at a report that the business interests of Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner were now of interest to Mueller.

Mueller took over the DOJ Russia probe after a chain of events set in motion by Trump, Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Robert Mueller, the man chosen to take over the inquest as special investigator, had started investigating into president Trump's behaviour.

At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers refused to say whether Trump asked them to intervene in the investigation, which is also examining whether the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian Federation during last year's presidential campaign.

It was unclear whether the president's comment confirming he was under investigation was based on direct knowledge or media reports that Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey. Since then, dozens of critical leaks about the Russian Federation investigation and Trump's handling of classified information have been reported, seriously undermining the administration's agenda. The order also demands that records be kept on any foreign travel by members of Trump's transition team and presidential campaign. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.

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Top Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein expressed concern that Trump may try to fire both Mueller and Rosenstein, warning "he's in for a rude awakening" if he thinks he can shut down the investigation. Trump fired Comey in May. 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.

The Twitter attacks came as Vice President Mike Pence hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.

As the legal rope has tightened, Trump's allies have gone on the offensive, questioning Mueller's credibility and floating the idea he may be fired. Pence headed the Trump transition until inauguration day.

Republicans might be more open to where this investigation goes than Democrats were with Bill Clinton and Ken Starr-look at all the investigations they have opened even while in the majority.

In a second tweet, Trump touted his "powerful" presence on social media, despite widespread criticism that his recurring rants on Twitter and other online media have only compounded his legal and political problems.

United States president Donald Trump appeared to confirm he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, as he lashed out at what he described as a "witch hunt" against him.

He had likened the appointment of the special counsel with the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".

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