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President Trump Admits: ‘I Am Being Investigated for Firing the FBI Director’

A member of President Donald Trump’s outside legal team says the president is not under investigation, contradicting a recent tweet from Trump.”Witch Hunt“, Mr Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday, referring to his May 9 dismissal of Mr James Comey. Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May to lead the probe.Both the House and the Senate also have open investigations into Russian interference in last year’s election.In a tweet earlier Friday, Trump said nobody has been able to show any proof about his collusion with Moscow after months of investigations.On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that Mueller’s investigation has now expanded to include potential obstruction of justice by Donald Trump.The tweets also are seen by some in the president’s circle as the beginning of a case against the officials investigating him.Trump’s Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.But Mr Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to end his oversight, given his role in Mr Trump’s decision to fire Mr Comey.The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on June 16 called on Congress to “unite to stop” Trump if he tries to fire Rosenstein or Mueller.What is clear is that he could order the Justice Department to axe Mr Mueller, which may result in Mr Rosenstein’s departure and would certainly intensify the uproar over the investigation. Pence headed the Trump transition until Inauguration Day.The investigation of course is being run by Robert Mueller, a former FBI director under Presidents Bush and Obama who was appointed last month by current Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. They are: Flynn; Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort’s business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; and Roger J Stone Jr, an informal adviser to Mr Trump.In a sign of the newfound seriousness of Mueller’s investigation, Vice President Mike Pence’s office confirmed that he has hired an attorney to deal with the special counsel investigation.Trump on Friday morning boasted about the power of his Twitter feed.”They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story”.He had likened the appointment of the special counsel with the “single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history“.On Friday, the President made extraordinary claims against Clinton and her family for their own alleged dealings with Russian Federation, claiming smashed a phone with a hammer and “bleached” emails to cover their tracks.