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Trump says he is being investigated over Comey firing

19 June 2017

The Justice Department's investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election is looking at Kushner's multiple roles in the Trump administration, including the Trump campaign's 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner's own contacts with Russians, according to U.S. officials briefed on the probe. ABC notes that, at this point, Rosenstein has "privately acknowledged" that he might eventually be called at a witness in the investigation, largely because he penned the memo that led to former FBI Director James Comey's firing.

Trump tweeted the following statement at 9:07 a.m. on Friday: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself from anything related to the Russian collusion allegations, though he still endorsed Rosenstein's letter. According to the Post, both Comey and Daniel Coats, director of national Intelligence, have said Trump sought their help in hopes the FBI would drop the investigation of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. Mueller has scheduled meetings with top intelligence officials to determine whether the President tried to pressure them to shut down the Russian Federation investigation.

Trump has grown increasingly infuriated by the slow drip of allegations - most of which have emerged as anonymous leaks and without proof - prompting a Thursday mini-tweet storm to harangue those involved with the probe for "the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history".

A person familiar with Trump's tweet said the President was referencing news reports that he is under investigation and was not indicating that he's been personally informed by the special counsel that he is a target of the probe.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein talks to an aide on Capitol Hill on Tuesday while testifying before Congress. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said it would be "extraordinarily unwise".

Meanwhile, the White House said on Thursday that it would have no comment about the revelation, with deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders simply referring all questions to the President's personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz.

Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Trump fired him because of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Russian Federation probe.

The website reported that Trump will sometimes interrupt conversations with associates to say, "I'm not under investigation". Since then Mueller, who served as FBI director before Comey, has taken over the investigation.

USA intelligence agencies concluded in a report issued in January that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race to try to help Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails damaging to Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. "Witch Hunt", the President wrote in his tweet on Friday morning (local time).

Mr Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mr Mueller.

Trump says he is being investigated over Comey firing