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Trump says he's under investigation, calls it a 'witch hunt'

18 Juin 2017

US President Donald Trump announced he is under investigation and appeared to attack a senior Department of Justice official Friday, as the federal investigation consuming his administration gathered pace.

However, since the table is turned now, Trump is feeling like "he is the victim of a conspiracy aimed at discrediting his presidency and ultimately ending his tenure of the White House".

Dianne Feinstein, the leading Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has already said that she is "increasingly concerned" that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.

Since the day Donald Trump has fired FBI Director James Comey, the president is not really able to shut the rumors and the facts swirling around the Russian Federation investigation.

Rosenstein told the Associated Press earlier this month that when he hired Mueller he discussed the possibility of having recuse himself "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation" and if recusal is necessary.

Trump did not directly address the allegations he obstructed justice - a potentially impeachable offense - neither did he deny he has entered the miniscule ranks of sitting presidents who have become the subject of a criminal investigation.

Rosenstein's unusual statement, which he issued over the objections of some advisers, said in part: "Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials'".

"Evidently the White House is considering firing Mueller".

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Trump's decision to go after Rosenstein sparked widespread speculation in Washington that he may dismiss the deputy attorney general in yet another attempt to get past the Russian Federation investigation, although the likely effect of such a step would be to ignite a new political firestorm and claims that the President is abusing his power and mounting a coverup.

"Mueller is setting up a dragnet of obstruction, financial questions and every aspect of Trump's life and his associates lives", Gingrich wrote on Twitter, adding "very unsafe".

A request to Trump campaign officials to preserve certain documents has revealed the scope of the ongoing investigation into the team's potential ties to Russian Federation. The Comey dismissal could become part of a widening investigation into whether the President tried to interfere with the ongoing Russian Federation probe. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order sent Thursday. Those officials are: Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence; Michael Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency; and Richard Ledgett, the former NSA deputy director.

The White House has directed questions for details to outside legal counsel, which has not responded. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff.

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

Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, also has retained an attorney to represent him.

David Gergen, a political analyst for CNN, said that Trump's legal team must be "going a little nuts" at this point.

Trump says he's under investigation, calls it a 'witch hunt'