Trump Confirms He's Under Investigation

In a subsequent tweet, Trump also appeared to take a swipe at Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein when he said, "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

An unusual statement from the Department of Justice has many in Washington scratching their heads. The other is this: The president has reportedly spent a good deal of time in recent weeks berating Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation probe. A day later, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel.

Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy.

During congressional testimony last week, Comey stated under oath the President was not under investigation by the FBI prior to or after his firing. But then Trump's legal team denied that the president's tweet was a confirmation that is under investigation.

Late on Thursday night, Rosenstein issued a written statement about leaks in the Russian Federation probe. Rosenstein, the official who would be responsible for dismissing Mueller, told United States lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause. After the statement, the Post updated the Kushner article so that its first sourcing reference was to "U.S. officials". Mr Rosenstein wrote a memo criticising former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief James Comey's handling of the email server scandal that was initially used by the White House to justify the firing of Mr Comey.


Robert Mueller, the special counsel named by the department to investigate the Russian Federation matter, is now examining whether Trump or others sought to obstruct the probe, a person familiar with the inquiry said on Thursday.

Rosenstein didn't provide specific examples of what he might've been referring to. The tweet seems to confirm that he is, in fact, being investigated, but CNN notes that it's unclear whether Trump's text is referring to reports that he's under investigation or whether the White House received official notice that he's being investigated.

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.

He continued: "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations". Sessions, during Senate Intelligence Committee testimony on Tuesday, declined to answer questions about any possible conversations with the president over Comey's firing, citing a long-standing policy that he didn't explicitly name.

The statement followed a report by ABC News that Rosenstein had discussed the matter of recusal internally. He testified that he leaked information about the notes through a friend to the Times to increase pressure for the appointment of a special prosecutor after he concluded Trump's administration "defamed" him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after his May 9 firing. He has publicly said that he made the decision to fire Comey irrespective of Rosenstein's advice. With just about a week to go before India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled arrive in Washington to meet Trump on June 26, the USA capital is awash with intrigue and suspense, with frequent parlor talk about if and when Trump will throw in the towel and the prospect of a "President Pence".

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