Trump appeared to confirm he was being investigated for obstruction in a tweet on Friday that read: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"
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.
A Department of Justice spokesperson declined to address what prompted the statement.
The BBC reports that Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, wrote a memo the White House used to justify the firing of the ex-FBI chief.
Painter's comments come as Trump and his allies cast doubt on Mueller's ability to conduct a fair investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
On Thursday night, he issued a statement lashing out at news stories sourced to anonymous officials and that he believes are causing the President and Republicans to attack the Justice Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller for alleged leaks.
The Washington Post reported that Mueller had sought the testimony of several top intelligence officials, including Admiral Michael Rogers, director of the National Security Agency, and Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats, about Trump's requests that they intervene with Comey to block the Russian Federation investigation.
CGTN's Jessica Stone reports on the latest. It was not clear whether these records would be sought by Mueller, or the various Senate and House committees investigating alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election, or all of these. And with the investigation reaching all the way up to Trump - and with Trump regularly tweeting about it - it's almost impossible for the White House to compartmentalize.
Rosenstein told the Associated Press earlier this month that when he hired Mueller he discussed the possibility of having recuse himself "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation" and if recusal is necessary.
Trump was reportedly sore at Sessions for recusing himself and setting this whole chain of events in motion.
Mueller serves at the will and pleasure of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed him to head the inquiry.
But Rosenstein has privately told people at the Justice Department, as ABC News first reported, that he may need to step aside from his role supervising the special-counsel investigation, according to officials familiar with the conversations.
He could fire Rosenstein and his replacement will fire Mr. Mueller.
However, Sekulow's pronouncements haven't stopped Trump from once more referring to a witch hunt this morning. What is clear is that he could order the Justice Department to ax Mueller, which may result in Rosenstein's departure and would certainly intensify the uproar over the investigation. Trump's only recourse is to dismiss Mueller outright. Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Comey's firing, many in Trump's orbit - including his son Donald Trump Jr. and adviser Newt Gingrich - have deemed Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal. These included House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Republican senators John Thune, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins. A former prosecutor, Dowd may be best known to the public for leading investigations on behalf of Major League Baseball, including a probe of allegations of improper gambling by baseball player Pete Rose that preceded Rose's lifetime ban.
That left a jury to decide whether they believed Yanez on the witness stand, and they opted Friday to acquit the officer. Despite the acquittal, the city where Yanez works nearly immediately announced plans to dismiss him.
The White House didn't immediately deny that notion but made clear that Ruddy was not speaking for Trump. Others pointed out that forming the PAC could be a sign of Pence's intent to run for higher office .
A large number of ISIS terrorists, including non-Syrians, were killed and their military hardware were damaged in the attack. Su-35 and Su-34 jets were used in the strike, which was preceded by drone reconnaissance flights, the ministry said.
At 24-19 down, Australia spent the majority of the last quarter of the game throwing everything at the stoic Scottish defence. Australia had a day to forget on Saturday as they went down 24-19 to Scotland in Sydney.
Thompson, while relatively quiet, hit a couple of three-pointers to start the third quarter as the Warriors took a 79-66 lead. History has shown us that the numbers of superstars begin to trend in the wrong direction once they reach that magical age.
Four men, including Cabrera-Basulto and Jauregui-Lorente, wearing dark clothing were found inside the vehicle and arrested. Suspect Alen Beltran-Vasquez is charged with two counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Real Madrid were rocked by widespread claims in the media on Friday that Ronaldo wants to leave the Spanish capital in the summer. In an interview with The Guardian in April, he said: 'Various Premier League coaches called to tell me to play for them.
The president complained the probe is unfair and wondered why his defeated Democratic opponent wasn't getting the same scrutiny. Friday's tweet marked the first time Mr Trump has publicly acknowledged he is under investigation.
Guests included pregnant tennis ace Serena Williams, and Beyonce's Destiny's Child bandmates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Last month, Beyonce's mum, Tina Lawson, revealed the star was excited about the imminent arrival of the little ones.
On Thursday, suspected rebels fired at police officials at two places in the restive region killing two of them, police said. The security forces fired automatic weapons to chase away the protesters.
Justin Thomas shoots 63, trails Brian Harman by 1 at US Open
Next up is a weekend without most of the biggest names in golf . "You don't think you're going to shoot 7-under par at the U.S. First was this absurd putt on the 5th hole, where he lined up facing away from the hole and used the slope to sink a birdie.
Tupac Biopic 'All Eyez on Me' Nabs $27M at Box Office
The newest installment had been forecast to earn $56 million in its opening weekend, according to BoxOfficePro .com. Sony's R-rated bachelorette party gone wrong pic earned only $8.1 million against a $ 20 million budget.
Low turnout so far in French parliamentary vote
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, a center-right politician who joined Macron's movement, cast his ballot in the port of Le Havre. That would allow Macron to move fast with promised legislation, notably on changing labor laws to make hiring and firing easier.
UK Labour Leader Corbyn: 'I Can Still Be Prime Minister'
May's majority in parliament until the snap election was only held by 17 seats, but now she is at a considerable disadvantage. May said Brexit talks would begin on June 19 as scheduled, the same day the British parliament is due to reconvene.
Iraqi forces launch attack on Mosul old city
However, this has been treated with scepticism given he has frequently been reported killed or wounded over the last three years. Iraq state TV aired live footage showing thick black smoke rising from the Old City, with the sound of gunfire rattling inside.
Rep. Steve Scalise's condition upgraded to 'serious'
When the members of the Republican team were announced, mention of Scalise's name drew a standing ovation throughout the stadium. Griner remained in the hospital in good condition after sustaining a gunshot wound to the ankle, according to a Friday update.