Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trump acknowledges he is under investigation in Russia probe


The New York Times sued the FBI on Friday, seeking a court's help in getting the agency to turn over documents created by fired FBI Director James Comey after his conversations with President Donald Trump.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is also under investigation as a member of the Trump campaign, leading Sessions to recuse himself from the case and allowing Rosenstein to appoint Mueller to head the investigation, reports Fox News.

President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he was under investigation and appeared to take aim at a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia's involvement in the 2016 election.

Hours later, a source close to Mr Trump's outside legal team said Mr Trump did not intend his tweet to be confirmation of the investigation but rather was reacting to a Washington Post story on Wednesday about the probe.

On Wednesday, anonymous sources told the Washington Post that special counsel Robert Mueller told Senate investigators in a confidential hearing that he was looking into Trump's firing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

Vice President Mike Pence also has retained a private attorney for the Russian Federation probes, according to a Pence spokesman.

Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein submitted a widely circulated memo to the President last month raising concerns over Mr. Comey's performance, but Mr. Trump later asserted that he had already made the decision himself to fire Mr. Comey.

He said Trump's statement on Twitter Friday was specifically in response to a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling. The White House denies any collusion.

Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Comey said he believes Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation".

His tweets come as Mr Trump marks two years since announcing his plan to run for president.

On Thursday Trump derided a "witch hunt" against him, led by some "very bad" people.

The new allegations against Trump centre on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the inquiry's direction.

Rosenstein and Mueller are, for now, unlikely to be fired immediately.

A Trump confidant said this week the president had considered firing Mueller.

He has decided - after consulting with a small circle of advisers in multiple meetings over the last few days - that "this is a political fight and he's going to fight it", the official said.

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