Trump Acknowledges He Is Under Investigation in Russia Inquiry

Trump Acknowledges He Is Under Investigation in Russia Inquiry

“Nice”, Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump on Thursday blasted news reports that he was under criminal investigation as a “witch hunt” against him led by some “very bad” people.

In his tweet today, Trump seemingly confirmed the report and reiterated his charge linking his presidential campaign with Russian Federation is nothing but a political witch-hunt.

Leading American broadcaster CNN on Thursday filed a lawsuit in the federal court, urging the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to grant access to the former director James Comey’s archived conversations with President Donald Trump. The US president is reportedly probed over obstruction of justice.

Those officials are Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, Michael Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director, according to reports.

Rosenstein pledged this week that he would maintain the integrity of the investigation and saw no reason to fire Mueller, despite reports that Trump was considering such a move. “They clearly don’t have control over what he’s tweeting and it has been long standing practice that when you’re under investigation you don’t attack publicly the investigators”.

His investigation then grew to include looking at whether President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey because he was unwilling to back off the Russian Federation investigation.

On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported that Mueller was investigating if Trump obstructed justice when he fired Comey.

Rosenstein prepared a memo for Attorney General Jeff Sessions back in early May, which raised repeated questions about how Comey had handled the Hillary Clinton email investigation – at first, that seemed to be the basis for Comey’s firing by the President, until Mr. Trump said a few days later that the Russian Federation investigation was on his mind.

Trump admitted in an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt days after Comey’s ousting on May 9 that the Russian Federation investigation influenced his decision to terminate him.

While Mr Rosenstein appointed Mr Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the investigation, it is possible that he could be called as a witness as part of the investigation. Trump has disputed both claims, saying flatly that he never asked Comey to drop the Flynn probe.

As head of the FBI, Comey had been leading the investigation until he was sacked by Trump on May 9.

On June 15, Vice President Mike Pence, who headed the Trump transition team, confirmed that he, too, had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the probe.

Even though Trump was told by former FBI Director James Comey earlier this year that he was not personally under investigation, officials tell the Post that changed shortly after Comey’s firing.