Trump acknowledges for first time he’s under investigation

It wasn’t clear whether the president was basing his tweet on direct knowledge that he is under investigation, or on reports this week that special counsel Robert Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing former FBI director James Comey last month amid the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.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. By tweeting that he is under investigation, Trump essentially confirmed Wednesday’s Washington Post story which broke the news by leaning on anonymous sources close to the investigation. The source spoke on condition of anonymity.As Feinstein points out, the authority to fire Mueller comes from Rosenstein, seeing as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from congressional investigations into Russian Federation.Rosenstein is the government lawyer responsible for overseeing the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russian Federation during the 2016 presidential election, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions having recused himself from the probe.U.S. President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he is under federal investigation and appeared to single out a senior Justice Department official for criticism, underscoring his growing frustration with the persistent focus on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and possibly his campaign.In a tweet, the president also seemed to accuse the USA deputy attorney general of pursuing a “Witch Hunt“.Trump aides have urged him to stop meddling in the investigative process, but law enforcement and intelligence officials have recounted how the president has asked them to push back against the probe or to publicly exonerate him. A day later, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel.In this last tweet, Trump was referring to a memo written by Rosenstein that was intensely critical of Comey and implicitly recommended his removal. But later, Trump said in an interview that he would have fired Comey “regardless” of Rosenstein’s recommendation.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is not known for issuing cryptic denunciations of the news media.Democratic Rep. Denny HeckDenny HeckExclusive: Guccifer 2.0 hacked memos expand on Pennsylvania House races Heck enjoys second political wind Incoming lawmaker feeling a bit overwhelmed MORE (Wash.) on Friday mocked President Trump’s campaign promise to bring jobs back to the USA, saying the president has instead boosted employment for lawyers.The president tweeted Friday, “Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great”.Rosenstein wrote a three-page memo on May 9 criticizing Comey for his handling of the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server while in office.Rosenstein reportedly told Brand that she could take over the investigation, meaning she would be given authority over its budget if it proceeds to prosecute anyone, and even over appointed special counsel Robert Mueller.Trump, as is his Pavlovian wont, immediately lashed out incoherently on Twitter, asserting that the inquiries into his alleged misconduct amount to a “witch hunt” conducted by “very bad and conflicted people”.