Pres. Trump confirms he's under investigation

The special prosecutor has come under fire in recent days by right-wing talk radio hosts and some allies of the president, who have suggested Trump might fire Mueller.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has privately told colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the special counsel investigation of Russia's role in the 2016 election, ABC News reported Friday.

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

Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month for probes by a special counsel and congressional committees, lashed out on Thursday after a report that he was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.

Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russia's interference in the 2016 United States presidential elections and its possible collusion with figures in the Donald Trump campaign, is reportedly investigating the financial dealings of the president's senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

Trump also seemed to confirm reports in The Washington Post and other publications that Mueller's investigation has expanded to include allegations that he attempted to obstruct the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the election and his campaign associates' possible collusion with Russians.

Mueller plans to interview two top USA intelligence officials about whether Trump sought their help to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation to back off a related probe of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, according to three people familiar with the inquiry.

"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" he said in an early morning tweet on Thursday.

Late on Thursday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein - who is overseeing the Russian Federation investigation - issued a statement saying the Justice Department does not confirm or deny the kind of allegations in news reports about the probe, and encouraging the public to be skeptical of them.

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Trump has been growing increasingly agitated with Rosenstein over the last day or two in private White House meetings and in conversations with friends, multiple people have told CNN.

In a tweet Thursday morning, Trump, who has been putting together his own team of outside lawyers to represent him, called the Post's report Wednesday that he is being investigated for collusion "phony".

Comey declined Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley's request to testify and went before the Senate Intelligence Committee instead. Trump conceded in an interview after the episode that he was thinking about the Russian Federation controversy when he made that decision.

In an attempt to inoculate the Trump administration from criticism over Comey, many top officials have heralded Rosenstein.

"If Trump were to fire Mueller and it could be shown that his objective was to impede the investigation, it could be additional evidence of obstruction of justice".

The Washington Post is reporting that officials say Mueller also is investigating the finances and business deals of Trump's son-in-law and top adviser Jared Kushner.

In an address to the country, Trump struck a notably less partisan tone in response to his first major domestic crisis. Dianne Feinstein, acknowledged as much in a statement about how destructive that would be to the rule of law. 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.

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday hired his own lawyer to represent him in the special counsel's Russian Federation investigation.

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