Published: Fri, June 23, 2017
Local | By Adrian Hale

Trump confirms he's under investigation, fires angry tweets


But some outlets pointed out the statement was released after both The Washington Post and The New York Times reported Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice. "Witch Hunt", Trump said in a note on Twitter on Friday.

Investigators in Mueller's office are set to interview Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, a source familiar with the matter has told CNN. "Witch Hunt", Trump tweeted on Friday morning.

In another tweet this week, Mr. Trump had said: "After 7 months of investigations & committee hearings about my 'collusion with the Russians, ' nobody has been able to show any proof".

The US president has denied trying to influence the investigation, but has acknowledged in an interview that Russian Federation was on his mind when he dismissed Comey.

While Mr Rosenstein appointed Mr Mueller as a special counsel to oversee the investigation, it is possible that he could be called as a witness as part of the investigation.

His time under Bush, Obama and then Trump made him the longest-serving US attorney in the nation's history when he was confirmed to his current role under Sessions.

The order from the general counsel for the transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government.

Meanwhile, the top attorney for the Trump transition team has ordered the organization's staff to preserve all records related to Mueller's widening investigation. Rosenstein told the Senate on May 17 that he knew Comey would be fired before he wrote the memo.

Coats told associates that Trump asked him if he could intervene with Comey to get the Federal Bureau of Investigation to back off its focus on former national security adviser Michael Flynn, according to officials.

At a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week, Coats and Rogers refused to say whether Trump asked them to intervene in the investigation, which is also examining whether the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian Federation during last year's presidential campaign. Two months later, at Trump's urging, Rosenstein wrote a letter to the president detailing his belief that Comey should be fired.

That is why investigators want to know more about a meeting between Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and executives of Vnesheconombank, a Russian state-owned development bank now under USA sanctions. The White House has denied any collusion.

The move ordered Thursday by the transition's general counsel cast a wide net on documents tied to the Russian Federation investigation as well as inquiries into the activities of Trump associates. "I can go around them".

It's unclear if the president is referring to direct knowledge that he's being investigated or reacting to media reports.

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