Trump says he is being investigated over Comey firing

Last week it was revealed that Mueller is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice for the way in which he fired FBI Director James Comey.

It wasn't immediately clear to whom Trump was referring to in his comment "the man who told me to fire" Comey.

President Donald Trump responded angrily to reports he is under criminal investigation Thursday, deriding a "witch hunt" against him led by some "very bad" people.

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.

The rising criticism puts a new focus on the relationships between the president, special counsel and the Justice Department, especially as questions loom over whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will recuse himself from overseeing Mueller's probe.

A Trump confidant said this week the President had considered firing Mr Mueller. A day later, Mr Rosenstein appointed Mr Mueller, who was at the helm of the Federal Bureau of Investigation during the September 11 attacks, as special counsel. She's the associate attorney general, which makes her third in command at the Justice Department behind Rosenstein and Sessions.

The transition order came the same day that Vice President Mike Pence's confirmed that he had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe. Rosenstein had written a scathing memo criticizing Comey's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation, which the White House initially cited as the impetus for Comey's ouster. But Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not expect Trump to seek to fire them.

Trump's tweets following the report appeared to confirm the investigation, but his lawyer said it only appeared that way because of the character limit on Twitter.

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Ian Prior, a Justice Department spokesman, said that Rosenstein "has said numerous times, if there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will".

US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race to try to help Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails damaging to his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Trump's tweets virtually ensure that the political focus swings back to the Russian Federation scandal.

The president has long vehemently denied any collusion with Moscow.

Allies have even floated the idea that Mueller may be fired.

Trump also reportedly asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo to intercede with Comey on the Flynn case, then later asked Coats and National Security Agency chief Mike Rogers to state publicly that Trump was not personally under investigation.

The poll also found that there is a growing level of concern regarding the contact that Trump's affiliates had with Russian officials over the course of previous year.

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