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USA president confirms he is under FBI investigation

19 Juin 2017

James Comey, who was sacked by Trump last month, publicly testified this month that Trump had told him to ease off on his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who was under the FBI investigation for his Russian links.

Sekulow was referring to a report in the Post this week that said Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in November's presidential election was now also trying to determine whether Trump obstructed justice.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has privately admitted to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the ongoing federal probe into whether any associates of President Trump coordinated with Russian efforts to meddle in the 2016 race, ABC News reported Friday.

Some speculated Brand may have to step in after it was revealed that special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.

Trump and his White House have offered various explanations for Comey's abrupt ouster, including that he lost the confidence of the bureau's rank and file - a suggestion flatly dismissed by acting director Andrew McCabe.

While Mueller is now leading the investigation, Rosenstein still maintains the authority to make final decisions about adding resources and personnel to the probe - and most critically, over whether any prosecutions should be pursued.

Mueller broadened the probe with the President now under investigation for obstruction of justice in probe regarding possible collusion by his campaign with the Kremlin.

Rosenstein was the one to make the decision because Attorney General Jeff Sessions had already recused himself from the Russian Federation investigation. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote.

"This is the first time the president's overall approval rating has hit the 50% mark since late April", the site states.

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The focus on Rosenstein sharpened Friday because the President attacked the deputy attorney general in a tweet, blaming him for what he terms a "witch hunt".

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump's outside attorney, Marc Kasowitz, slammed the Post's reporting.

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.

He appeared to suggest as much during testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier this week.

Sekulow, the chief counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice since 1990, defended Trump's use of social media, saying: "He's able to communicate with 107 million people on his various social media platforms on a regular basis as he needs to, so he can directly reach a lot of people".

Trump also highlighted his frustration by claiming accomplishments that he insists have been overshadowed by the probe and its massive fallout.

The White House confirmed that Mueller was among the candidates Trump interviewed to replace Comey. Trump lashed out on Twitter, calling the news a "witch hunt" and a "phony story".

The White House has directed questions to outside legal counsel, which has not responded.

But later, in an interview with Lester Holt, the president said he had already made up his mind.