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Donald Trump: ‘I am being investigated’

The business dealings of President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and trusted aide Jared Kushner are being investigated by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, The Washington Post reported Thursday, citing officials familiar with the matter.Donald Trump has appeared to confirm he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, claiming he is being probed for firing FBI director James Comey by the man who told him to do it.Trump branded the latest leak “outrageous”, the inquiry a “witch hunt” and has repeatedly denied any links with Russian Federation.Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who recommended Comey’s dismissal, is overseeing the broader investigation, which is being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.The interviews are some of the first indications of the efforts of Mueller’s newly assembled team.On Wednesday, The Post reported that Mueller is looking at whether the President attempted to obstruct justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey last month.The strain on Rosenstein has increasingly become visible in recent weeks, according to Justice officials.In an appearance before the Senate Appropriations Committee Tuesday, Rosenstein promised Mueller would have “full independence” as he conducted his investigation.”To the best of my recollection, I have never been directed to do anything I believe to be illegal, immoral, unethical or inappropriate”, Rogers said at the hearing, without answering whether he was asked – but not directed – to back off. He is, after all, now one of only a handful of presidents to face a federal investigation, while in office, over actions taken after his inauguration.Rosenstein took over the Russian Federation probe soon after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. Comey also testified he had told Trump he was not under investigation. “I will defend the integrity of that investigation”.Citing a memo from the general counsel’s office of Trump’s transition team, the Times said members were given the order yesterday for any information involving Russian Federation or Ukraine in the latest sign of the investigation’s expanding reach.The transition official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss post-election decisions publicly.The memo comes as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s office said he had hired a lawyer, known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations, to help him with the probes into the alleged Russian interference and possible ties to the Trump campaign. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff.President Donald Trump seems to have acknowledged for the first time he is under investigation in the inquiry into alleged Russian meddling in the U.S. election.Trump said when he dismissed Comey on May 9 that the reason was the former FBI chief’s handling of the investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.The President tweeted Friday that he was under “investigation”, which he called a “witch hunt” in another tweet.