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Trump confirms he’s under investigation, lashes out at deputy attorney general

Comey said it should be special counsel Robert Mueller’s task to determine whether Trump had obstructed justice, and therefore, had opened himself up to possible impeachment proceedings, keeping the allegations on Russian Federation in mind.Rosenstein, who appointed Mueller special counsel in the Russian Federation investigation last month, testified to lawmakers Tuesday that he has seen no evidence of good cause to fire Mueller and that he is confident that Mueller will have “the full independence he needs” to investigate thoroughly.Just as he has done publicly on Twitter, Trump has told friends and associates that the investigation is a “witch hunt” and that others are out to get him.Preet Bharara, the former USA attorney in Manhattan, responded to Rosenstein’s statement by tweeting: “Where is Rod Rosenstein’s overdue statement responding to the President’s repeated attacks on his appointment of Robert Mueller?”.Hours after Mr Trump’s tweet, a source close to his outside legal team said the President did not intend his tweet to be confirmation of the investigation but rather was a reaction to a Washington Post story about the probe from Wednesday (local time).The special counsel is following two major lines of investigation, said one US official familiar with the rough outlines of Mueller’s probe who spoke on condition of anonymity. And the White House has said that the meeting with Gorkov was on official presidential transition business, but the bank itself claimed that Kushner was representing his real estate company.Former FBI Director Mueller was put in charge of the investigation after Trump fired Comey and public pressure mounted for a special counsel to take over.On Wednesday, the Washington Post reported Mueller is investigating Trump directly, over alleged obstruction of justice.President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he is under federal investigation and appeared to single out a senior Justice Department official for criticism, firing off tweets underscoring his growing frustration with the persistent focus on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election and possibly his campaign.”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 wrote on Twitter. “Nice”, Trump wrote on Twitter, later repeating his accusation that the probe is a “witch hunt”.On Thursday afternoon, Trump sent two tweets attacking his former opponent.Mueller’s investigators have asked for information and will talk to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, according to a source, who said they have also sought information from recently retired NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett.Instead, Comey testified that Trump told him he wanted the investigation to continue and wanted to know if anyone in his circle was implicated.It was not immediately clear what prompted the release of that statement by Rosenstein, whether it was in response to recent stories that suggested the President was under investigation for obstruction of justice, or some other reason.A White House official said Friday’s tweetstorm is a sign Trump is “taking matters into his own hands” – the latest example of how he thinks he is the best person to deliver his message.Russian Federation has repeatedly denied meddling in the 2016 United States presidential election, insisting that it does not meddle in the affairs of other countries.